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Honors Special Topics - IDH 2930

Course Number: IDH 2930
Subtitle:Special Topics: Backstage Pass to the Health Professions (Also HSC4933: Special Topics in Public Health)
Day & Time:  Monday | 4:00-4:50pm
Professor: Dr. Tricia Penniecook
Description: 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.

 Course Objectives:

·         To learn the roles and responsibilities of various health practitioners within an interprofessional team.

·         To learn the importance of communication and collaboration within the health care field.

·         To identify the interprofessional team approach to health care.

·         To partake in establishing teamwork management skills.

·         To facilitate awareness of health care through a multidisciplinary lens.


Honors Arts and Humanities – IDH 3100

Course Number: IDH 3100-001
Subtitle: Home: Designing Where We Live
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 11:00am-12:15pm
Professor: Atsuko Sakai
Description: Description: "Home" is something very special to all of us. House, shelter, dwelling, these are all just buildings, but when does a building become a home—a place which touches one's heart with memories, images, feelings, and even smells? Home contains one's important private and family life. We humans modify and shape our surroundings to provide comfort and a quality of life. Thus, this hands-on course will explore the actual design elements of houses because design reflects specific people and site contexts (i.e. geographical, social, cultural, etc.) of where and how we live. We will also investigate the psychological effects of the physical environment on humans. Together we will go for a journey to discover your own definition of a "Home" by analyzing various readings, brainstorming with your peers and learning architectural design conventions all while designing your own dream house!

Course Number: IDH 3100-002
Subtitle: Mandala: The Art and Science of Composition
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday |9:30-10:45
Professor: Atsuko Sakai
Description: A "composition" is a "balance" we create. We constantly try to make sense out of something we encounter everyday. We seek not only physical comfort (a balance between our body and our surroundings) but also mental stability within the individual and with others throughout a day. We will go for a meditative journey of an interdisciplinary study which integrates human perception and Eastern thoughts through the study of traditional Mandala Art from various countries including India, China, Korea and Japan. Mandala is an art for meditation, teaching, and the visualization of a cosmology—Eastern world views in particular. Everyday we communicate with visualized ideas such as symbols, logos, diagrams, etc., especially on screen like emoji, or stories with manga, anime and graphic novels. But, how can you come up with these images and compose an organized graphic design, for example, your research poster in order to present your research concept, data, systems, models, and results, or to share emerging ideas that are not even clear in your mind yet? Together we will study compositional theories for visual and spatial designs, and explore various hands-on activities to create your Mandala art, which will eventually become your very own holistic understanding of our world.

Course Number: IDH 3100-003
Subtitle: Germany Beyond the Classroom: Art, Culture, and Identity
Day & Time: Wednesday | 2:00-4:45pm
Professor: Catherine Wilkins
Description: "It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is." Using this quote from the great German author Hermann Hesse as our guide, this class will explore the complicated question of what it has meant to be German over the past 150 years. With an eye for developing a nuanced response to this query, we will examine examples from art, literature, music, and film that have both reflected and shaped German identity over the long 20th century, and which relate to the cultural artifacts and experiences students will encounter on their trip abroad. In striving to better understand Germany's people, history, sociopolitical constructs, and relationship to the rest of the world, we will also seek a deeper knowledge of ourselves.
"Germany Beyond the Classroom" is a seminar-style class designed to prepare students for an immersive study abroad experience in Germany. Zero-credit language labs are a necessary component of the course, and will provide a basic foundation for navigating interactions on the ground in Germany. Throughout the semester, students will cultivate their critical thinking and communication skills by playing an active role in leading discussion and conducting research. Creative projects will present opportunities for alternative forms of expression, engaging students' imaginations as they seek to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.

Course Number: IDH 3100-004
Subtitle: All the World's a Stage: The Performance of Everyday Life
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 2:00-3:15pm
Professor: David Jenkins
Description: Shakespeare observed that "all the world's a stage." Have you considered how we embody and put into action -- that is to say, how we perform -- our various ideologies, identities, and cultures? This course focuses on our unique individual and collective performances in the secular, sacred, and quotidian realms. Drawing from performance studies, communication theory, anthropology, sociology, and other fields this course invites students to view all human interaction as a kind of performance and to consider their varying significances. What happens when the taken for granted becomes our focus? This course puts an emphasis on creative writing, a performance form in and of itself, as well as varying performance forms (storytelling, mixed media, installations) as both objects of study and methods of inquiry to illuminate what we consider to be "the everyday."

Course Number: IDH 3100-005
Subtitle: Narrative Cartography
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: Ulluminair Salim
Description: If explorers one-hundred years from now were to discover a map of your life, what would it reveal about your innermost landscape—who you are, and where you have been in your lifeworld? What forms would it take—a mobile, a tapestry, or a paper in a bottle, bobbing at sea? Likewise, if you were lost, how would you map your way "home," and what does "home" look like for you? Where does your story end and others' stories begin, and where do communal stories live? Students will enliven these questions through creative art-making practice, challenging traditional notions of space, place, and structure. Moreover, through piecing and framing various aspects of lived experience, students will create a constellation of maps such as messy maps, ordered maps, three-dimensional maps, maps composed of found objects, verbal maps, visual maps, moving maps, static maps, and other multilayered forms of journeying. 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 creating, students will examine multiple ways to tell stories that matter to them, from the mundane to the profound. This practice-oriented course leverages both written narrative and traditional and contemporary cartographic methods to visit places seldom explored.

Course Number: IDH 3100-006
Subtitle: Creativity and Criticism
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 9:30-10:45am
Professor: Deepak Singh
Description: This course will focus on creative writing in fiction. It will emphasize how to read like writers and dissect literature with an eye for craft – learning how a story is made and what choices the author made to create his or her work. Students will learn how to observe like writers, and pay attention to their surroundings, recording details in their minds as well as on paper. They'll learn about how to revise a piece of written work.
The course will also focus on taming the Inner Critic. 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. Most beginner writers give up before they've even started because of self-doubt about one's talents and abilities. Through guided discussion, we will explore strategies to kick the Inner Critic out of the room and write freely. First drafts are always messy, and the writer needs to be able to make a mess and have fun with it. With their Inner Critic out of the way, students in this class will tap into their creativity and develop their own portfolio of short fiction by the semester's end.

Course Number: IDH 3100-007
Subtitle: Politics of Music, Culture, and Belonging
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: Angsumala Tamang
Description: Music, in general, is often viewed as a form of passive entertainment. However, studies in music demonstrate that it not only effects our interpretation of the world, but also how we articulate our values and assumptions about ourselves and others. In addition to exploring music as an important signifier of identity, culture, and belonging, this seminar-style course will examine the role of music as a dynamic socio-political phenomenon that offers interesting opportunities to analyze negotiations of power within the context of ethnicity, diaspora, race, caste, gender, nationality, media, and resistance. Students will be assigned readings that deal with music case-studies from Ireland, Australia, Brazil, India, Poland, Afghanistan, Niger, and the United States. This course will also require students to critically engage with ideas of representation and music as an ideology that often involve undertaking strategic and contingent positions. No prior knowledge of music or musical terms is required for this course.

Course Number: IDH 3100-008
Subtitle: "When your legs don't work like they used to before"
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 11:00am-12:15pm
Professor: Adam Davidson
Description: Playing off the assumption that rock n roll is by and for the young, this course explores the interactions of age, aging, and popular music. The first generations of pop music's stars are aging into their 60s, 70s, and beyond, yet many continue to perform, record, and influence music making and popular culture. Current artists such as Ed Sheeran, Adele, Lukas Graham, and Jay Z all have songs about getting older. What can we learn from these phenomena? How do we understand the cultural discourse around bodies, gender, race, popularity, capitalism, disability, music making, and, of course, aging, in the light of these performers and their ongoing work? Covering a broad theoretical territory including Aging Studies, Cultural Studies, Disability Studies, and Popular Music Studies, we will dive into the music, performances, and images of older artists such as Little Richard, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, and Dolly Parton while also listening to the meaning making of contemporary musical expressions about the reality of age and its seemingly inevitable effects.

Course Number: IDH 3100-009
Subtitle: The Rise of EDM: Music, Culture, and Fashion
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 8:00-9:15am
Professor: Calvin Falwell
Description: This course will explore how in the early 20th century, composers began redefining the concept of instruments and organized sound, in turn redefining music, with modernism, futurism and postmodernism, ultimately leading music into a new era. We will dive head first into EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and its collection of subgenres, such as House, Drum n Bass, Dubstep, Trap, and Hardstyle. Since the 1980s the genre had been dormant in the nightclub scene. However, in recent year, the demand for EDM has taken the music industry by storm. The course will also explore the advances in technology that led to the production and synthesis of electronic music. Students will even have the chance to produce their own one-minute dance track using programs such as GarageBand and Audacity -- programs that are a direct result of years of industry advances. Lectures will discuss how dance music has evolved and how social media such as YouTube and SoundCloud Assisted in fueling interest in electronic music. We will also discuss how promoters and venues realized DJs could generate larger profits than traditional musicians and how EDM festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Defqon grew in size, emphasizing the visual experiences, such as video and light effects. Guest speakers include USF music composition faculty, graphic artists and local DJs. Special projects include concert/festival reviews. Creation of one's own EDM track and concert poster.

Course Number: IDH 3100-010
Subtitle: Tragic Politics and Epic Science: The Foundations of Citizen Government and the Precise Sciences in Ancient Greek Drama
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 3:30-4:45pm
Professor: David Garrison
Description: 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.

Course Number: IDH 3100-011
Subtitle: Young Adult Literature: Representations of Youth in 21st Century Fiction
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: Theresa Woods
Description: Like many of its hallmark characters, young adult literature has truly come of age in the 21st century. Though it is often regarded as a 'lesser' section of fiction, young adult literature tackles heavy, timely themes while still being highly entertaining. In this course we will dive into several popular books to analyze and discuss major topics including sexuality, race, feminism, cultural barriers and mental health. Our reading list will include modern urban fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and memoirs. As the term progresses, students will consider their own personal narrative, and after reading several representations of youth, will write a short story based on their own lived experiences to conclude the course.

Course Number: IDH 3100-012
Subtitle: Welcome to the Future: A Journey
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: Pablo Brescia
Description: 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 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 sy fy 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.


Honors Natural Sciences – IDH 3350

Course Number: IDH 3350-001
Subtitle: Climate Change Science
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 11:00am-12:15
Professor: Greg Lankenau
Description: Human-caused climate change is poised to become one of the greatest challenges of your lifetime. Yes, you! Developing climate literacy, or an understanding of how climate change happens, what its effects are, and what we can do about it, is a crucial skill for global citizens in the 21st century. This course is devoted to building a scientific understanding of human-caused climate change that reaches across disciplinary boundaries. What does an informed, educated, and engaged global citizen need to know about the science of climate change? That's what this course is about!

Course topics include the causes and mechanics of climate change, the effects of climate change, climate change projections, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and, perhaps most importantly, solving climate change. Throughout, we will emphasize the importance of the consilience of evidence, or independent agreement, from multiple scientific studies and disciplines. This is a question-driven course, not a lecture-driven course, and is guided by the questions and topics that you think are the most important to know. This course will also give you the opportunity to explore how climate change connects to your own most personally or professionally relevant fields of study, even (or especially!) fields outside of the natural sciences.

No specific background is required, though a general interest in natural science, and a curious, inquisitive mind are a plus.

Course Number: IDH 3350-002
Subtitle: Beaches and Coasts
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 9:30am-10:45am
Professor: Ping Wang
Description: More than half of the world's human population lived in coastal areas in 2000, and this proportion is predicted to increase to 75% by 2025. In this course we will acquaint you with many of the coastal environments and how they function. A major objective is to discuss how human activities can and have changed the coastal environments. We will also discuss major issues such as global climate change and sea-level rise, and their impact on the coastal environments. A field trip to the west-central Florida beaches will be included.

Course Number: IDH 3350-003
Subtitle: Science Fiction, Science Fact
Day & Time: Friday | 9:30am-12:15pm
Professor: Kevin Mackay
Description: This is a seminar style course exploring facts and fiction in the astronomy media. We will explore a selection of science fiction movies and novels along with Art and popular culture which has an astronomy basis and we will critique the ideas presented. Students will explore what is fact, what is feasible and what is pure fiction and will have the opportunity to express their learning via a class project which may have a scientific or artistic emphasis.

Course Number: IDH 3350-004
Subtitle: Science, Technology, and Social Interaction
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: Barbara Spector
Description: There is significant need for research scientists, physicians, and other health professionals to appreciate their potential roles in communicating with the public. Further, there is a need for professionals in all disciplines to assist teachers in using the community as a resource for teaching science. This course is organized as an inquiry into the question, "What is STEM (and STEAM) (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) interaction with society, and how does it relate to science-based professionals communicating with educators and the public? Among the major threads are human health and climate change, health of the ocean, communications among scientists, engineers, and educators, and STEM education in formal k-16 institutions and informal science education institutions. Opportunity exists for each participant to address STEM topics of his/her specific interest. The intended outcome is for a participant to generate his/her own grounded theory of the way science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and society interact and ways to communicate STEM/STEAM related topics of his/her personal interest to a variety of audiences. Past participants in this course stated, "It is a critical thinking class instead of just scientific terms and is friendly to non-science majors as well as science majors."

It is structured as "flipped classroom", in which contact hours are used for students to engage in discussion with each other and the professor. Information input is delivered outside of class via a virtual resource center on the Web. All the print and multi-media materials for study are housed in Canvas. (There is no textbook to purchase).

Course Number: IDH 3350-005
Subtitle: Archaeological Chemistry
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 8:00-9:15am
Professor: Anthony Tricarico
Description: Archaeometry is the application of scientific methods often employed in either the biological, chemical, or physical sciences to inform archaeological questions. A growing component of archaeometry is the specialization of archaeological chemistry, which has been utilized by archaeologists to infer past behavior from numerous material types, including soils, sediments, ceramics, glass, bone, among others. Archaeological chemistry has played an active role in archaeological investigations since the 1930s (Wells 2004). Many of these studies (i.e. Arrhenius 1983) utilized soil phosphate to locate archaeological sites on the landscape. However, by the 1970s additional elements such as Na, K, Ca, Mg, organic C, and total N were introduced to delineate the function of spaces within archaeological sites (i.e. Provan 1970, Eidt 1977). Within the last decade, Archaeologists have also increasingly referred to materials such as soils, sediments, and landforms as "artifacts," employing similar scientific techniques to study how they have been physically and chemically altered by past human behavior. Archaeologists have thus been able to reconstruct the lived experiences of past populations without traditional artifacts (i.e structures, ceramics, etc.). This course consists of a series of case studies designed to introduce students to current research in the field and provide an insight into and/or hands-on experience with some of the methods of inferring the past through the aforementioned materials. In addition, we will discuss the history of this specialization and how the use of these methods specifically can contribute to a greater understanding of the lived experiences of past populations. This course may be of particular interest to those in anthropology, archaeology, history, hard sciences, or other cultural studies. However, no prior background in archaeology or chemistry is necessary to be successful in this course.

Honors Social/Behavioral Sciences – IDH 3400

Course Number: IDH 3400–001
Subtitle: Sustainability and Society
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 2:00-3:15pm
Professor: Greg Lankenau
Description:Sustainability. Living in a way that allows human and other life on this planet to flourish indefinitely. To paraphrase educator and cultural critic David Orr, sustainability is not only a permanent feature on the public agenda, but for all practical purposes it is the agenda. The future of all life on Earth depends on the choices we make right now. What does it look like to live sustainably? How can we build flourishing, sustainable communities? What will it take to create a sustainable world? And what role can you, personally, play in this journey?

This course examines sustainability and society from a systemic, interdisciplinary perspective. We will look at current environmental and societal practices with a critical eye. Are they sustainable? Are they just? If not, how might they be done differently? Major topics include nature and biodiversity, food and agriculture, environmental justice, climate change, and personal and political action for a sustainable future. We will examine these topics through the lens of interdisciplinary sustainability, which includes dimensions of practical need, moral responsibility, health and happiness, justice, and economics.

Ultimately, this course is about you. It is about who you are, who our (currently unsustainable) society is constantly telling you to be, and who you can become. It is an exploration of what gives your life purpose and what it means to be connected to your social-ecological places as a local and global citizen. This course asks you, what kind of world do you want to create?

Course Number: IDH 3400-002
Subtitle: Montreal: A Social Autopsy (Study Abroad)
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 9:30-10:45am
Professor: Ulluminair Salim
Description: This course investigates the social movements of Montreal, Quebec, a predominately French-speaking region in Canada. At the conclusion of the course, students will journey to Montreal and neighboring Quebec City to explore an arena in which activists commingle science and art to advance agendas for justice. Through critical readings from diverse academic and professional disciplines, students will examine Montreal and Quebec City's vibrant activist culture. Furthermore, this interdisciplinary, issue-based course will survey historical and contemporary social problems, investigating the formation of a culture distinct from any other North American region. Through close examination of the art and science of advocacy, students will develop a critical lens through which to see the social worlds of Montreal and Quebec City.

Course Number: IDH 3400-003
Subtitle: Using Films to Advance Global Social Policy Knowledge and Practice
Day & Time: Tuesday| 5:00-7:45 PM
Professor: Lillian Wichinsky
Description: This course will give students an opportunity to expand their worldview of social policy through the medium of film. Students will explore how political, economic, cultural, religious, historical and environmental factors impact social policies and the delivery of human services in different regions of the world. The geographical context for this course will primarily be North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East and special emphasis will be given to the social issues created by HIV/AIDS, Poverty, Genocide, Immigration, and War. By examining international models of social policy practice, this course will appeal to students who may have an interest in working with culturally diverse populations in the United States and around the globe.

Course Number: IDH 3400-004
Subtitle: Tampa From the Ground Up
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 8:00-9:15am
Professor: Brian Fender
Description: How does a city come to be? How are roads built, schools opened, homes powered, security maintained? Using the Tampa Bay area as a case study, this class will explore how state and local governments, along with private enterprise, use legal and financial resources to found and run urban areas. Attuned to ethical questions, environmental issues, political machinations, and social activism, we will also investigate how citizens and their representatives work together – and sometimes against each other – in the process of forging their shared city. Students will be charged with imagining how Tampa might become more resilient, sustainable, innovative, inclusive, and thriving in the future.

Course Number: IDH 3400-005
Subtitle: The Politics of Fashion
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 9:30-10:45
Professor: Sabah Uddin
Description: This course will engage with the gendering of dress (clothing, hairstyles, footwear, body adornments and headwear) in a global perspective, examine dress as a site for performing culture, religion and politics and analyze how women craft political and social identities through "invented" dress. Utilizing historical and contemporary examples from Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe, the course will demonstrate how the fashioning of dress is interlinked to the self -(re)presentation of citizens on the national and trans-national political stage. We will explore how dress signifies definitive national ideas of masculinity/femininity and tradition/modernity, and how these ideas are inextricably linked to the policing of women's bodies and moreover, to the "shifts in women's inclusion and exclusion from citizenship of the body politic" (Roces and Edwards, 4). We will ask the following questions: What are the political functions of dress in public space? In what ways does dress advance political programs? Can the adoption of dress be an exercise of cultural and political subversion? Further, can dress be a tool of empowerment?

Course Number: IDH 3400-006 or IDH 3400-007
Subtitle: Fertility and the Future
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 8:00-9:15am (006) OR Monday/Wednesday | 12:30-1:45pm (007)
Professor: Holly Singh
Description: This course approaches family-making as a bio-cultural process, addressing claims to the universal and the particular in reproduction. How do gender, class, race, and religion shape reproductive ideals and practices around the world? How do difficulties in reproduction, ranging from infertility and pregnancy loss (miscarriage) to natural disaster and political upheaval, impact those ideals and practices? And how do examinations of fertility from afar through demography, politics, and ethics articulate with intimate, embodied (and dis-embodied) experiences of reproduction, from adoption and abortion to IVF and surrogacy? The course will examine these issues across a variety of geographic contexts and situate local examples within national and global struggles to (re)produce the future.

Course Number: IDH 3400-008
Subtitle: Surveillance Culture
Day & Time: Fridays | 9:30 am-12:15 pm
Professor: Wesley Johnson
Description: How are surveillance technologies altering social life? This course will explore this question by exploring the ways that media and culture interact to produce security, fear, control, vulnerability, and/or empowerment. Some of the areas covered will include social media, systematic monitoring of individuals at schools and workplaces, television systems in public, passenger-screening technologies at airports. Readings will be drawn from the social sciences, science fiction, and popular media. Films will be shown to facilitate inquiry into popular perceptions of surveillance and culture. Ideally, you will cultivate a technological literacy that will allow you to analyze and critique surveillance technologies as social entities.

Course Number: IDH 3400-009
Subtitle: Climate Change Disinformation and Denial
Day & Time: Thursday/Thursday | 3:30-4:45pm
Professor: Greg Lankenau
Description: Climate change is probably the most well-studied phenomenon in human history, yet a sizeable number of people deny that it even exists. Why is there such a big gap between the overwhelming scientific evidence and general public perception? This interdisciplinary course is designed to investigate the widespread public misunderstanding of human-caused climate change.
More specific questions include:

  • What does the evidence actually say regarding climate change? (A question of the natural and applied sciences.)
  •  Despite the overwhelming evidence, who has been spreading false doubt? (A question of politics, economics, and history.)
  •  Why do so many of us give credence to this false doubt? (A question of psychology, sociology, and the humanities.)
  • And, perhaps the most important question of all, how do we do something about it? (A question that draws from communication and engages all of our skills, interests, and relationships.)

In exploring these questions, we will consider topics such as argumentation and the nature of science, the mechanics of climate change, psychological and social denial, current and historical disinformation campaigns, and effective communication strategies. Throughout, we will emphasize a collaborative approach to learning, with the recognition that climate change is a global challenge that requires us to communicate well and to work together collectively for solutions. Do you want to peek behind the curtain of falsehoods, delusion, and manipulation? Do you want to learn how to reach people across barriers of politics and outright denial? Then come join us! All majors and backgrounds are welcome.

Course Number: IDH 3400-010
Subtitle: Clinical Sociology: Improving People's Lives through Rights-based Intervention
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 11:00am-12:15
Professor: Jan Fritz
Description: Work in any field (e.g., health, law, community organizing, policy development, business, Congress, teaching, advocacy) can be improved by receiving education and training about solving or reducing problems through rights-based intervention. Clinical sociology is a creative, rights-based and interdisciplinary specialization that seeks to improve life situations for individuals and collectivities (e.g., families, organizations, cities, countries). Clinical sociologists work with systems to critically assess situations and avoid, reduce or eliminate problems through a combination of analysis and intervention. Students will learn about those who contributed to the development of the field (e.g., Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals; Jane Addams and Hull House; and C.G. Gomillion and gerrymandering (Gomillion v. Lightfoot). Students will develop skills in areas such as small group dynamics, organizational development, consulting, mediation, facilitation, environmental justice, as well as policy development and implementation (e.g., working toward the central inclusion of women and girls in societies). Each student will undertake an intervention or analysis project and, if the student chooses, this can involve work in the community. Coverage of events in different parts of the world (e.g., Sweden, Hungary, Liberia, South Africa) will be included in the course. We will begin the course with an examination of human rights documents and students, if they wish, may attend meetings surrounding the UN Commission on the Status of Women (Spring Break period from March 11-16, 2019) in New York City.

Course Number: IDH 3400-011
Subtitle: Biopsychosocial Components of Behavior and Health
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 3:30-4:45pm
Professor: Melvin James
Description: Only those on the approved list will be given a permit to register for this course (see Mr. Mejias if you have any questions). This course is only for sophomores in the 7-yr med program -- permits have already been given. You must be on the approved list in order to take this course! This course provides scientific inquiry, reasoning skills and content areas for the Psychological and Social Foundations of Behavior for the new MCAT 2015. In this course, human behavior and illness are viewed from a systemic rather than a reductionist perspective. The combination of biological, psychological and social determinants, and their contributions to behavior and health, is examined from critical analysis and evidence-based problem solving approaches.


Honors Seminar in Applied Ethics – IDH 3600

Course Number: IDH 3600-001
Subtitle: Bio-Medical Ethics
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 8:00am-9:15am
Professor: John Dormois
Description: You must be pre-approved in order to register for this course. This seminar in applied medical ethics will cover a variety of subjects that will be primarily practical rather than purely philosophical. Topics to be explored include: experimentation on human subjects, access to care, health care disparities, abortion, and the right to die. The primary objective will be to develop a method for approaching ethical issues in medicine. Students will be primarily responsible to leading discussions with minimal formal lecturing. (Permit Required)

Course Number: IDH 3600-002
Subtitle: Contemporary Moral Issues
Day/Time: Monday/Wednesday | 2:00-3:15pm
Professor: Greg McCreery
Description: In this course, we will read and discuss a variety of ethical and moral doctrines that provide different ways to think critically about and deduce moral reasons for and against particular kinds of actions, institutions, policies, and ways of living. Numerous moral theories will be discussed in order to aid students in their own research concerning contemporary moral issues, such as, but not limited to abortion, guns, drugs, immigration, political life and government, consent, the distribution of wealth, consumerism, violence, terrorism, freedom and determinism, starvation, poverty, education, same-sex marriage, racism, justice, activism, the death penalty, prisons, and so on. We will consider how moral theories conflict with one another when applied to specific situations, and how to weigh moral theories against one another. Moral theories emphasize the value of objectivity, subjectivity, the greater good, religion, rights, perspectives, and other things as fundamental to the distinctions between right and wrong, and good and evil. Not only does understanding moral theory help one to think more clearly about moral issues, but this understanding helps one to better engage in one's community, and the world, as a conscientious moral agent. The overall aim is to gain a better grasp of our own moral views and how to put them into practice, while also gaining an understanding of the moral views of others.

Course Number: IDH 3600-003
Subtitle: The Ethics of Race: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 3:30-4:45pm
Professor: Greg McCreery
Description: This course introduces students to the contentious issues surrounding conceptions of race, and racial relations, as have developed historically in the United States, and elsewhere. We will consider diverse definitions of race, and ways to transcend these, as well as the "model minority" myth, and the ethics of human relationships in general. We will question the extent to which racial relationships have changed over time. Historically speaking, we will specifically look at the history of slavery in the United States, and assess how things have and have not changed since then. We will look for ways in which humanity might be capable of resolving its sordid past. American politics, education, arts, and culture are all put into question, with an eye toward honesty, truth, and justice.

Course Number: IDH 3600-004
Subtitle: Ethics in the Age of Social Responsibility
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: Allen Zimmerman
Description: This course takes a journey through ethics as seen through the lens of the mass media. Today, more than ever, corporations and governments are aware of the people's demand for ethical behavior. As a result, social responsibility has become the buzzword that every large organization is stampeding to embrace in the hope of gaining the support of YOU, the responsible citizen of the new world. To guide our explorations, we'll review examples of advertising and other forms of mass communications that are designed to showcase corporate and government efforts in the realm of social responsibility. Yet, we'll also examine practices in our society that are intentionally hidden for fear of a backlash if the truth were to be revealed.
Be prepared for exciting and dynamic classroom discussions around topics as diverse as: (1) the war industry (2) television as a propaganda tool (3) environmental issues and GMOs (4) U.S. healthcare and the modern pharma industry (5) medical marijuana (6) poverty and homelessness (7) women and men's cultural stereotypes (8) overpopulation, migration and adoption (9) youth culture, substance abuse and cyber-bullying (10) animal rights (11) social change and the growing yoga culture (12) globalization, diversity and inclusion.

Course Number: IDH 3600-005
Subtitle: Environmental Ethics
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 11:00am-12:15pm
Professor: David Garrison
Description: How should human beings relate to the natural world? Do we have moral obligations toward non­-human animals and other parts of nature? And what do we owe to other human beings, including future generations, with respect to the environment? This course will examine such questions in light of some current and classical ethical theories: considering what those theories suggest regarding the extent and nature of our environmental obligations. While we will pay some attention to these questions in a general philosophical sense, in this course we will focus on specific topics of interest as chosen by the students. We will emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship and how technology, politics, cultural, and social concerns impact on our understanding of the environment and of our ability to negotiate appropriate relationships to and with our environment.

Course Number: IDH 3600-006
Subtitle: Corporate Personhood: Identity and Responsibility
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: David Garrison
Description: Corporate personhood is the legal notion that a corporation, separately from its associated human beings, has at least some of the legal rights and responsibilities enjoyed by natural persons. While controversial, Corporate Personhood is well established in U.S. Legal history, and is based upon practice and theory with complex and ancient philosophical roots. In this course, we will examine the nature of corporate personhood not only in the modern legal sense of a Limited Liability Corporation, but also with respect institutions, communities, and government bodies. To what extent does any institution constitute a person? What characteristics of personhood meaningfully attach to that institution? Does this personhood have moral or social ramifications beyond the legal realm?

Course Number: IDH 3600-007
Subtitle: Civic Literacy and Current Events
Day & Time: Thursday | 12:30-3:15pm
Professor: Dan Ruth
Description: This course will examine the week's current events and explore our civic institutions of local, state and federal government. Students will be expected to come to class well-versed in the days breaking news events and be prepared to discuss these issues in class. There is no textbook. Students will be required to read The Tampa Bay Times, listen to National Public Radio and watch various news programs. There will be a weekly quiz. Students also will be divided into teams and take turns preparing a weekly presentation on some news topic. There will also be an end-of-semester project presentation.

Course Number: IDH 3600-008
Subtitle: Mental Illness, Suicide, and Moral Responsibility
Day/Time: Monday/Wednesday | 11:00am-12:15pm
Professor: Raman Sachdev
Description: This course will begin with close readings of historical philosophical and theological texts that discuss the phenomenon we call "mental illness". From the devastating universal anxiety which is discussed by the compassionate Buddha to the scathing remarks of and about the "madman" made by Nietzsche, these readings will help inform our current understanding of mental illness. We will also engage with contemporary research and case studies in psychology and psychiatry that reveal the variety and severity of mental illness. As we move into the second part of the course, ethical questions regarding suicide will be raised. Why do people commit suicide? Is it always the case that when someone takes his or her life, there is a concurrent underlying mental illness? What moral judgments, if any, can be made about those who do commit suicide? And, finally, with our developing knowledge about the pervasiveness of mental illness and suicide, in the final part of the course we will talk about moral responsibility. What duties do we have to our fellows if we suspect mental health issues? What if these issues are not merely suspected, but apparent? In contrast, is it ever justifiable or even morally sound not to intervene in such cases? Analyzing and discussing current corporate and institutional policies on the matter (e.g. those that are instituted at universities like USF) will help us to answer these questions.

Honors Geographical Perspectives – IDH 4200

Course Number: IDH 4200-001
Subtitle: Zimbabwe: When Good Countries Go Bad
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 8:00am-9:15am
Professor: Leslie Bessant
Description: Over the course of the last thirty years, Zimbabwe has gone from being called the "breadbasket of southern Africa" to a country of food shortages, hyper-inflation, skyrocketing unemployment (unofficially, 90% of adults are unemployed), and now, one of Africa's most peaceful coups. How did Zimbabwe fall so far, so fast? What can the new government of Emmerson Mnangagwa (and the opposition of Nelsom Chamisa) do to cure such massive problems? These are the sorts of questions we will strive to answer in this course. Our readings will include secondary and primary sources, contemporary fiction, film, art, and music. Weekly papers, group projects with reflections; no research papers or exams.

Course Number: IDH 4200 - 002
Subtitle: Diaspora in Tampa Bay: Communities in Conflict or Confluence?
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 2:00 – 3:15pm
Professor: Hemamalini Ramachandran
Description: The term diaspora (from Greek meaning "scattering across" or "dispersion") is arguably a fundamental human condition in our current era of globalization. But delving into the origins of any country, one finds that immigration, movement, and dispersion have been part of the foundational core of all nations; this historical reality becomes an especially poignant and productive lens through which to view current political rhetoric about immigration, refugee crises, and wall-building.

The course will critically examine past and present practices of nation, diaspora, culture, and identity in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Essential questions we will address are: how do individuals and communities recreate themselves on other shores often imagining a "home nation" outside physical boundaries and tangible reference points? Does the sense of "in-between-ness" always carry a progressive enabling political charge or does it sometimes force folks to hunker down into rigid cultural fixities? What role do cultural expressions like food, music, religion, and language play within and outside diaspora groups? What is the relevance of these discourses to our own socio-cultural perspectives and positions?

You will bring your own questions and insights and we will attempt to grapple with these issues via a focus on cultural production including theoretical and literary texts, films and videos. This seminar-style class will involve reading, reflection, research, field trips, and hands-on activities.

Course Number: IDH 4200-003
Subtitle: Histories of Healing in South Asia
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 9:30am-10:45am
Professor: Holly Singh
Description: This course focuses on the long and varied historical trajectories of healing in South Asia, from the ancient development and practice of systems such as Ayurveda, Unani, Yoga, and folk systems to manage illness and promote health to the introduction and proliferation of biomedicine. Through the examination of how laypeople have engaged these systems and how governments have patronized, promoted, and politicized healing practice and health promotion during centuries of shifting rule, the course will explore culture, health, and healing. It will address how local and global power relations influence the dynamics of healing over time and across diverse regions of South Asia. The course builds toward, for example, critical analysis of medical tourism to South Asia, the globalization of yoga, and public health crises in contemporary South Asia.

Course Number: IDH 4200-004
Subtitle: Contemporary Middle East: Political Challenges in a Global Age
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 2:00-3:15pm
Professor: Nazek Jawad
Description: Recently, the Middle East is conceived as a region that breeds fundamentalism and an area of long lasting conflicts. Due to the distorted notions and misrepresentations of the Middle East circulated and promoted in corporate media, and in conventional media outlets as well, this course is set into a great mission. This course aims to provide students with an authentic understanding of the diversified multi-layered facets of the Middle East, and to expose them to the breadth of Middle Eastern cultures, and their political and cultural landmarks within historical and contemporary contexts. This course discusses the main social, economic, and political developments in the Middle East from the 19th century onward. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: colonial legacies; Islamic Sharia Laws, identity politics, social movements, Arab uprisings, women and politics in the Middle East, terrorism, and development. Besides, this course also highlights the Middle East abundant culture, and introduces students to countless contributions of Middle East countries to human civilizations in wide range of areas, including science, arts, architecture, and music. The aim of this course is to broaden students' intellectual perspective by introducing them to the geography, history, politics, political economy, culture, and arts of the Middle East. Another equally important goal of this course is to impart appreciation of cultures other than their own, by introducing them to the diversified cultures of the Middle East.

Course Number: IDH 4200-005
Subtitle: Women in the Middle East
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 3:30-4:45pm
Professor: Nazek Jawad
Description: Women have been central to the political history between the Middle East and the West. The region of the Middle East has been perceived and understood by the West through gender relations and gender representations. This course is set to examine the gendered representations of the Middle East and analyze the political implications of such representations. The course offers a systematic reading of how the political and cultural structures of both colonialism and anti-colonialist nationalist movements informed feminine and masculine identities. The inter-dynamics of Islamism, globalization, and neoliberalism in various countries in the region, including, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and Iraq will be discussed, in addition to the role of women in social movements and recent uprisings.

Course Number: IDH 4200-006
Subtitle: Geographies of Transformation: Study Abroad (Peru Trip)
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 12:30pm-1:45pm
Professor: Alan Bush
Description: You may have heard the curse: "may you live in interesting times." The ecological transformations of our era indeed make this interesting times. There is another saying that frames this course well, "the future is already here; it just arrives unevenly." The effect of these transformations is quite uneven across geographies. Some, like the high Andean Communities of Peru, are the canary in the coal mine that offers an early warning of the transformations that will affect us all.

The objective of this course twofold. The first is to aid students in developing the capacity to chart these geographies-in-transformation, exploring questions around how ecosystems, patterns of human settlement, livelihoods, and culture are transforming as a result of climate change. The second to aid students in developing the capacity to construct geographies-of-transformation, to understand what it means to live and participate within transforming landscapes, and how to participate in the adaption & development resilient communities. As global citizens, citizens of Florida, and residents of Tampa, and future leaders, it is imperative that we understand how to make sense of geographies-in-transformation, and can provide leadership in constructing geographies-of-transformation.

To accomplish this, the course will do two things. The first is to do comparative analysis of Peruvian communities with case studies of other geographies around the world. The second will be to Travel to Peru for a study abroad in May 2019 to see firsthand how those communities are adapting to climate change. (To be clear, this is a travel course. You must apply to travel in Peru: Beyond the Classroom and be accepted before receiving a permit for this course.)

Course Number: IDH 4200-007
Subtitle: Ukraine: Social and Cultural Landscapes
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 9:30-10:45am
Professor: Nana Tuntiya
Description: Thrown into the middle of geopolitical controversy surrounding Crimea and its rebellious East, Ukraine remains largely unknown to its Western supporters. The country's rich and complex history, its evolving relationship with a powerful neighboring nation, Russia, shaped the cultural backdrop against which the recent events are unfolding. This course will look into significant experiences that helped form public attitudes, traditions, and social practices throughout the Ukrainian turbulent past. It will also explore the population make up of this largest country in Europe by land mass, and its struggle to overcome the remnants of the soviet regime. The focus of the class is on society and its culture rather than politics, with the aim of understanding the attitudes and the aspirations that are building a way for the future of this Eastern European nation.

Course Number: IDH 4200-008
Subtitle: Comedy in a Global Context
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: David Jenkins
Description: From the plays of Aristophanes to Sacha Baron Cohen's This is America comedy has been 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. This course draws on continental philosophy, communication theory, performance studies, sociology, and theater studies. 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.

Course Number: IDH 4200-09
Subtitle: Queer Social Movements in Global Perspective
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 3:30-4:45pm
Professor: Camara Silver
Description: This seminar will examine the role that queer social movements play in political/social life from a global perspective. Queer is a comprehensive term that includes minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. This class will briefly introduce students to queer theory and social movement theory and then will follow a case study approach for analyzing global queer social movements. Therefore, this course will examine gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender struggles for security, and equality. This course will offer students a global perspective for understanding the queer experience and social movements in Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania. The primary objective for this course will be for students to gain new knowledge in global queer social movements.

Course Number: IDH 4200-010
Subtitle: The Boob Tube: Television and Its Impact on Global Political Discourse
Day & Time: TBH
Professor: Dan Ruth
Description: This course will examine the relationship between the significant news events of Post-World War II global history as covered by television. The course will explore how news events shaped the evolution of television and how television influenced the framing of current events. Students will study such topics such as the Army-McCarthy Hearings, the emergence of the documentary form of reporting, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, the Watergate scandal, the Iran hostage crisis, the Clinton impeachment, the Iraq wars, the election of the United States' first black president and the rise of Donald Trump. It is critical that students taking this course enter the classroom with some fundamental prior understanding of the material to be covered. This course is designed to enhance a student's understanding of historical and current events as well as the medium of television's role in influencing the public's perception of society. Students will also be required to make a weekly presentation assigned by the instructor, as well as prepare an end-of-term project of their own design. Students will also take a 20-question weekly current events quiz.

Course Number: IDH 4200-011
Subtitle: Cultural Constructs of Disability
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 11:00am-12:15pm
Professor: Lindy Davidson
Description: In this course, we will explore the ways culture impacts the understanding of disability, the experiences of individuals with disabilities, and the material existence of disabled bodies in an able-bodied world. We will take a culture-centered approach to our explorations of disability around the world by seeking out expressions of disability produced by each cultural group we study in regions including Latin America, South Asia, Africa and others. We will continue a service project with the African Renaissance Ambassador Corp. to co-produce epilepsy education/awareness materials for Cameroon and other locations on the African continent. The course is designed to be interactive with multiple exploratory activities and response papers as well as a final research project and poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Some students will have the opportunity to participate in the Global Health Catalyst Conference in the spring.

Course Number: IDH 4200-012
Subtitle: Religions in Caribbean Cultures: Santeria, Candomble, Vodou, Obean, Rastafarian
Day & Time: TBH| 11:00am-12:15pm
Professor: Linda Tavernier-Alameda
Description: In this course, we take an interdisciplinary look at African-root religious traditions in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Brazil Antigua, and Cuba. We seek to understand these religious traditions through their cultural expression in music, ritual ceremonies, and community formation. At semester's end, students will have a genuine understanding of nonwestern cultural religious traditions.

Course Number: IDH 4200 - 013
Subtitle: Representational Lenses: Learning World-Community through Cinema
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 12:30-1:45pm
Professor: Linda Tavernier-Alameda
Description: In this course, we will be using film to explore the cultural experiences and social changes experienced by the many different people living across the globe. Through major motion pictures, short videos, and various film genres, we will examine international issues related to the environment, gender, poverty, religion, and race. Our journey extends from the early 20th century to the present and explores the lives and cultures of populations that are rarely mentioned in our American textbooks or our media.

Course Number: IDH 4200 - 014
Subtitle: Cyprus: Birthplace of Aphrodite and Strategic Key to the Middle East
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 9:30-10:45am
Professor: William Ditewig
Description: This course is intended to acquaint students with the cultural and strategic importance of this beautiful island country in the Easter Mediterranean Sea. The course investigates the complex history of the island of the gods, through the shipwrecks of St. Paul, the naval intrigues of the Venetians (including the tragedy of Shakespeare's Othello) the crusading adventures of Richard the Lionheart of England, and the importance of Cyprus in contemporary strategic matters in Middle Eastern politics. This course will have something for everyone!

Course Number: IDH 4200-018
Subtitle: Health and Culture in Panama: Service-Learning
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 9:30am-10:45am
Professor: Lindy Davidson
Description: Panama is rich in history, culture, and commerce, making it a unique location to learn about healthcare. In this course, students will explore the many factors contributing to health in Panama. Throughout the semester, we will consider political, economic, environmental, structural, and cultural perspectives that impact health in Panama. At the end of the semester, students will participate in the Honors Service Trip to Panama, where we will work with USF Health in Panama. On the trip, students will have the opportunity to tour locations of interest, shadow physicians in hospitals in Panama City and Chitre, and participate in service projects with schools and senior centers. In order to receive a permit for this course, please fill out the application through Education Abroad.

Course Number: IDH 4200-019
Subtitle: Japan Trip
Day & Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 3:30pm-4:45pm
Professor: Atsuko Sakai
Description: Japan is like a "period" at the end of a sentence. Whether it is religion, culture or technology, Japan was often the final destination for any movements flowing East. Traveling through other countries and eventually crossing the ocean, these movements morphed overtime reflecting the geological and geographical context of places passed through. It reminds you of the children's game "whisper down the valley." Our geographic studies include the overall history, current socio-economical issues, nature and environment, the cultural identity through language, arts and architecture, and oral history of WWII.
This course provides an opportunity for a trip to Japan in May (optional) in order to observe the concepts learned in class, interact with locals and participate in cultural activities. The main themes for this year of both course and trip are:

1) Hands-on Learning: Creative Learning through Design Education in Sendai;
2) Monozukuri: Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology of Product Making in Nagoya;
3) Well-being: Health, Welfare, and Living in Japan in Gifu;
4) Culture: Artisanship and Craftsmanship in Kyoto/Nara; and
5) Complexity: Tokyo - Systems of a Complex City.

"Permit" required for students who would like to go for a Japan trip, please contact professor Sakai for more information. 


Section Number: IDH 4930-001
Subtitle: Controversies in Medical Research
Day & Time: Monday | 2:00-4:45pm
Professor: David Diamond
Description: This course will provide students with guidance toward identifying misinformation and outright deception in health-related research. We will focus on how poorly designed and flawed research has compromised the validity of much of the guidance provided by major health organizations. Each class will involve discussion of examples of how dogmatic views on health issues, including diet, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, have been influenced by philosophical biases and financial conflicts of interest.

Section Number: IDH 4930-004
Subtitle: Seminar in Medicine
Day & Time: Wednesday | 2:00-4:45pm
Professor: Yashwant Pathak
Description:This course is a partnership between the USF Health College of Pharmacy and the USF Honors College to expose students to the future of pharmacy. In this course, students will consider the changing face of pharmacy as a profession due to technology, learn about the history and science of pharmacy, and expose students to the changing field of pharmacy and its application across the healthcare delivery spectrum. The class intends to cultivate self-motivation through an understanding of interdisciplinary practices and real-life experiences. This course is designed for USF students planning for a career in the healthcare field and/or are interested in biomedical research.


Course Number: IDH 4950-002
Subtitle: Makerspace: Design Your Own Course
Day & Time: Monday/Wednesday | 9:30-10:45am
Professor: Ulluminair Salim
Description: This course prepares participants to inhabit the role of educators, designing their own course from conception to implementation. At its most expansive, the goal of this course is to translate curricular interests into a formal course proposal, demonstrative of substantive and theoretical concerns facing participants' chosen area of inquiry. Moreover, participants will investigate who they are in relation to their curricular interests and translate their passions into a course about their chosen subjects. Participants also will identify characteristics of great educators and develop a teaching philosophy reflective of their findings. Says Parker J. Palmer in The Courage to Teach, "Our tendency to reduce teaching to questions of technique is one reason we lack a collegial conversation of much duration or depth." While we will attend to the "techniques" of teaching, we will concentrate on cultivating a collegial conversation about what it means to educate and why students should care about what we teach. The overarching task for participants, therefore, is to enliven their course material to reflect their passion for their chosen subjects. Exemplary course activities include identifying a subject area of interest, creating a teaching philosophy, developing a syllabus, selecting relevant readings, and curating course activities for each session. The capstone project will culminate in an Honors course of your own design.

Course Number: IDH 4950-003
Subtitle: Digital Video
Day & Time: Tuesdays | 12:30-3:15pm
Professor: James Hatten
Description: In this course students will learn to effectively shoot, edit, and publish digital video projects for use in journalism, education, business, marketing, healthcare, advertising, broadcast, hobby, and the Internet. The course covers the basics of capturing video, camera movement techniques, editing techniques, producing, directing, writing for video, interviewing, lighting techniques, audio editing and capture, and the publishing of projects. Additionally, students learn to analyze various techniques and effects on viewers. Through these video productions and through lectures and examples, students develop their own digital literacy. The majority of grading in the course is derived from seven video projects spanning various genres. The final video project for this course satisfies the USF Honors College capstone presentation requirement.

Course Number: IDH 4950-004
Subtitle: Design Thinking

Day/Time: Thursday | 2:00-4:45pm
Professor: Travis Thompson
Description: What is it like to design a new "app"? An exhibit at a science center? A sustainable community? A global organization that inspires creative confidence? A university? A new home for refugees? A collaborative communication process for designing any of these? This course will develop and explore key ideas of design thinking, including how it relates to design practice. We will focus on design in a very broad sense, as an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, whether those problems are seen as social, technical, or rooted in the arts and humanities. To situate design thinking as a form of collaborative problem solving, we will grapple with questions of creativity and innovation rooted in contexts of democratic participation and intercultural understanding by inquiring into how problems get defined as problems. In other words, we will study "messes" as a way to look at questions of problem definition, explored across boundaries. As this course is rooted in learning-by-doing, we will study "messes" in both theory and practice!
We will have several projects that will be the basis of our design thinking, with the projects involving potential community partners. These may range from issues involved in lives of refugees to the design of learning spaces (including our own learning spaces) to community building in both a geographical and human sense. In these projects we will focus on issues of design process, communication in design teams, collaboration, and also human values that underlie good design thinking. In other words, the course will involve innovation, creativity, and serious play!

Course Number: IDH 4950-006
Subtitle: The Scientific Method Applied to Environmental Problems
Day/Time: Monday/Wednesday | 11:00am-12:15pm
Professor: Tim Dixon
Description: Surveys indicate that the general public does not have a good understanding of how science actually works. Non-science college majors also may lack a deep appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific method. This lack of understanding is particularly apparent when environmental issues are discussed in the public arena.
In this class, each student will conduct a full scientific investigation of an example environmental problem, including field data collection, data analysis and interpretation, report writing, and oral presentation of summary findings. Data collection will occur on three or four occasions during the earlier part of the semester, on either Friday afternoon or Saturday, at the student's discretion. The first two data collection exercises will be supervised. The third and fourth data collection sessions will be done by the student as independent exercises.

Course Number: IDH 4950-007
Subtitle: Design Thinking
Day/Time: Thursdays | 2:00- 4:45pm
Professor: Fred Steier (Team-taught with Travis Thompson)
Description: What is it like to design a new "app"? An exhibit at a science center? A sustainable community? A global organization that inspires creative confidence? A university? A new home for refugees? A collaborative communication process for designing any of these? This course will develop and explore key ideas of design thinking, including how it relates to design practice. We will focus on design in a very broad sense, as an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, whether those problems are seen as social, technical, or rooted in the arts and humanities. To situate design thinking as a form of collaborative problem solving, we will grapple with questions of creativity and innovation rooted in contexts of democratic participation and intercultural understanding by inquiring into how problems get defined as problems. In other words, we will study "messes" as a way to look at questions of problem definition, explored across boundaries. As this course is rooted in learning-by-doing, we will study "messes" in both theory and practice!
We will have several projects that will be the basis of our design thinking, with the projects involving potential community partners. These may range from issues involved in lives of refugees to the design of learning spaces (including our own learning spaces) to community building in both a geographical and human sense. In these projects we will focus on issues of design process, communication in design teams, collaboration, and also human values that underlie good design thinking. In other words, the course will involve innovation, creativity, and serious play!

Course Number: IDH 4950-008
Subtitle: Quality makes ¢ent$: Healthcare Research & Quality Outcomes
Day/Time: Tuesday/Thursday | 2:00- 3:15pm
Professor: Donna Ettel
Description: What ethical and legal obligations do hospitals have to patients? What challenges and issues arise while conducting healthcare quality projects? How are 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, process change, and emphasizes analysis of the patient care process to identify specific interventions.
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.


Course Number: IDH 4970-002
Subtitle: Connections: Mental Healthcare, Community Engagement, and Art
Day & Time: Thursday | 3:00-5:45pm
Professor: Catherine Wilkins
Description: Mental Healthcare, Community Engagement, and Art is a service learning course, meaning that we integrate community service with guided reflection into the curriculum to enhance and enrich student learning of course material. In this collaboration between the USF Honors College and the Tampa Museum of Art, Honors students learn about medical conditions such as dementia, depression, and PTSD and are trained to facilitate interactions with works of art for patient groups dealing with these diagnoses. No experience with art is required. The program is based on the Meet Me at MOMA Alzheimer's Project, which strove to make art accessible to people with dementia, and has been highly successful and lauded by healthcare professionals, museum staff, and participants alike. This class will train students in the Visual Thinking Strategies method of art exploration, which allows participants to give their own personal interpretations of works of art without fear of judgment or failure. Particularly in people with Alzheimer's, depression, and PTSD, this method has been found to help patients access and express memories, practice or regain their communication skills, externalize emotions, relieve stress and anxiety, and promote positive emotions. This capstone course will allow students to participate in furthering the research in these areas by providing an immersive experience at the intersection of art, medicine, and mental health. This class will also instruct students in the practices of observation, deep listening, and critical thinking, build empathy and understanding, and engage students with the community. Please note that this class meets at the Tampa Museum of Art – please allow time for traveling back and forth when you are planning your schedule. Transportation is not provided.

Course Number: IDH 4970-003
Subtitle: Transitional Justice
Day & Time: Tuesday/ Thursday | 11:00-12:15pm
Professor: Alma Dedic
Description: 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 or mass murder. Such societies at times reach for transitional justice mechanisms to redress past atrocities and human rights violations. Transitional justice 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 examples and experiences from around the world. Yet, together we will reach even further and look into our own society and communities we live in. What can we learn from societies in transition? Can we apply such measures and experiences in our own society and communities? In this course students will practice how to bridge the gap between academic concepts, and real life project design and implementation in complex environment (such as conflict sensitive and/or divided communities) using problem solving approaches and tools such as visual material. This course may be of particular interest to students in the field of politics, humanities, criminology, planning, sociology, history, and ethics. Through a series of thematic sessions, case studies, workshops, round table and focus group discussions from human right and political perspectives this course is designed to also enhance students' critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving skills.

Course Number: IDH 4970-004
Subtitle: Changemaking and Wicked Problems: Projects in Social Innovation
Day & Time: Monday/ Wednesday | 2:00-3:15 pm
Professor: Alan Bush
Description: Do you have a desire to tackle some of the most intractable problems to our community? Do you thrive on tackling complex problems with others? Problems are "wicked" when it is difficult to tease out cause and effect, reasonable people to disagree on what constitutes a just response, and any solution may have unintended consequences. Changemakers are practical visionaries, working to generate solutions to some of society's most intractable problems, who understand how to reframe wicked problems into solvable opportunities and marshal collaborative teams to support their work.

The course involves:

  •  Field-Based Action Research: Businesses & organizations in the community posing real-world challenges. Students will engage in on-the-ground research, analyze options and propose strategies to respond.
  • Systems Thinking & Dynamics Modeling: Students will learn to create rigorous representations of complex social and technical systems. No prerequisites required!
  •  Design Thinking: Students will use design thinking techniques to explore creative feasible, viable, desirable responses.

This course enables students to develop as changemakers through a hands-on exposure to some of the foundational skills to engagement with wicked problems.

Course Number: IDH 4970-005
Subtitle: Sustainability for Engineers
Day & Time: Friday | 9:30am-12:15pm
Professor: Lawrence Gottschamer
Description: The Code of Ethics for Engineers explains how the profession, "has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people." In this course, we will examine the concept of sustainable engineering. We will use systems thinking to explore interdependencies in the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic, and environment), and develop engineering solutions driven by trade-offs between these pillars. We will use case studies to help define what a 'sustainable engineering' project is. This course will then use social science field methods to demonstrate how engineers can develop culturally appropriate projects by engaging community members/organizations throughout a project's lifecycle.

IDH 4970-006
Subtitle: Visual Narratives: Tampa's Stories and Histories
Day & Time: Friday | 9:30am-12:15pm
Professor: Tamara Nemirovsky
Description: 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 history of the media, documentary/film language, concept development, narrative structures as well as all the production stages (pre-production, production, post-production) and technical aspect required to produce a documentary.