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Spring 2022 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.

The following course numbers are considered Honors Core classes: IDH 2010, IDH 3350, IDH 3100, IDH 3400, IDH 3600, IDH 4200, IDH 4930 (in some cases), IDH 4950, & IDH 4970.

Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

IDH 3100: Arts and Humanities

Arts and Health at the Ringling Museum of Art
IDH 3100
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins
Day/Time: Thursdays, 2:00-4:45
Location: Off-Campus, Ringling
Modality: In Person

In this collaboration between USF and the Ringling Museum of 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 apply to healthcare professionals, helping build core competencies, as well as relate to people dealing with a range of medical conditions, providing therapeutic relief. We’ll practice facilitating these methods ourselves, in preparation for helping our community partner, the Ringling Museum of Art, deliver programming for professionals at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, as well as their Ringling Reflections program for people with dementia, sensory impairments, and 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 Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. Please allow time in your schedule for traveling to and from the museum. Transportation is not provided. 

IDH 4200: Global Perspectives

Gender and Politics in Southeast Asia
IDH 4200
Instructor: Brian Turnbull
Day/Time: Tuesdays 12:30-3:15
Location: On Campus
Modality: In Person

This seminar will focus on key challenges facing the state in developing societies, with a special focus on South Asia. We will start with a broad focus on historical institutional development and the influence of history upon contemporary development. We will then shift to South Asia specifically and work through the major political and economic problems faced by countries in this region and survey the comparative research that examines these problems. We will pay particular focus to problems created by interethnic conflict, gender inequities, and historically imbedded social stratifications. This course also introduces the politics of South Asia and describes the region’s colonial legacy and contemporary political institutions. The course covers all South Asian countries, but we will emphasize the more populous countries in the region, paying the greatest attention to India, followed by Pakistan and Bangladesh.

IDH 4950: Honors Capstone

Policy-making and Contemporary Governance
IDH 4950
Instructor: Belisa Marochi
Day/Time: Wednesdays 8-10:45
Location: On Campus
Modality: In Person

This class focuses on theoretical and practical debates of policy-making and contemporary governance. Governance refers to the collaborations of state and non-state actors to solve complex local and global issues.  Students will investigate and analyze governance processes and analyze the process of policy-making to solve these problems in the contemporary world. Students will learn the policy-making process from agenda-setting, formulation, implementation to evaluation.  Students will also learn practical research methods such as interviews, focus groups, non-participant observations and ethnographies.

The lectures, seminars, hands-on activities, and the Capstone project will equip students with a critical understanding of a range of governance issues such as health inequalities, human rights, food security and climate change adaptation.  

In collaboration with the Florida Department of Health at Manatee County, this class equips students with research and practical skills to understand real-world complex policy and governance problems. Students will work on Capstone projects in collaboration with local stakeholders from the public, private and civil society organizations in Manatee County.  


Location: USF St. Petersburg campus

IDH 3100: Arts & Humanities

Arts & Humanities: Hands-On History at Heritage Village
IDH 3100 - 601
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins, Honors College
F | 9:30 – 12:00 Noon
Modality: CL
Located on St. Petersburg Campus & Heritage Village in Largo

“The challenge of history is to recover the past and introduce it to the present.”  -- David Thelen 

 In this course, we will become public historians, as we seek to make local history more meaningful and accessible to residents and researchers through the creation of a major new museum exhibit about the history of Pinellas County’s Gulf Beaches and the intersection of people with the beach/marine environment over time. In partnership with Heritage Village (a Pinellas County living history park), this Honors course will provide students with hands-on experience in: 360- and drone photography, documentary video, oral history capture, archival research, historical narrative writing, and museum exhibition fabrication.  This is a designated service-learning course where we will learn by doing, and is perfect for students of any major looking for an active, fun, community-building course. It’s especially good for students interested in History, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Graphic Design, Library and Information Science, Florida Studies, Humanities, Education, or Digital Media.  

Please note: This course will regularly meet off-campus: near-weekly travel to Heritage Village in Largo is required.  We will discuss carpooling and have transportation options available for students who don't drive; however, students must ensure that they leave enough time in their schedule for travel. 

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences: Marine Life and Habitats
IDH 3350-601
Instructor: Teresa Greely, College of Marine Science
W | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Modality: CL
Located on St. Petersburg Campus

This course will introduce students to the diversity of fascinating marine organisms and their odd strategies for living in the ocean. We will focus on the biology of marine life, as well as, how marine geological, chemical and physical processes are essential to our understanding of ocean life. Upon completion of this semester, students will be able to formulate convincing answers to questions related to the types of marine organisms (plants and animals), major ocean ecosystems, living marine resources, and how ocean life contributes to society and our everyday lives. We will read Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter, to guide our discussions. This course will also include several outdoor field trips to explore beyond the classroom. 

IDH 3400: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Text, Tweet, Take to the Street: The First Amendment
IDH 3400-601
Instructor: Kirsten Davis, Stetson College of Law
R | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Modality: CL
Located on St. Petersburg Campus

The relationship between dissent and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution is long.  In early America, the rejection of seditious libel enabled citizens to criticize their government in the community newspaper.  Then, about 100 years ago, the Supreme Court announced a constitutionally protected “marketplace of ideas” where the “citizen critic” could engage in a vigorous, sometimes caustic debate with her fellow citizens about the issues of the day.  Over the last century, the Supreme Court has added dozens of opinions (majorities, concurrences, and dissents) that create a body of law on dissenting speech—from protesting war in the city park, to burning the flag, to marching on an abortion clinic, to tweeting vulgarities about life in public school. In this class, students will read, discuss, and write about United States Supreme Court First Amendment cases and other resources that address the rights (and limitations) of citizen dissent under the U.S. Constitution.  

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Beyond the Classroom: Germany
IDH 3400 - 602
Instructor: Peter Funke, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
F | 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Modality: CL
Located on St. Petersburg Campus with Remote Access on Tampa Campus

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.  (Students accepted into the summer program will be enrolled in this class).

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Environmental Economics
IDH 3400
Instructor: Rebecca Harris Barancik, Muma College of Business
M | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Modality: CL
Located on St. Petersburg Campus

If you're interested in protecting the environment, it helps to understand a bit about the economic reasons behind the environmental decisions we make and the policies we design.  This course will help you do just that so you can walk the environmental walk AND talk the policy talk.  No background in economics is required.

IDH 4200: Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives: Politics, Literature, and Film
IDH 4200-602
Instructor: Thomas Smith, Honors College
T | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Modality: CL
Located on St. Petersburg Campus

This class examines political violence through literature and film. We explore British imperialism and current-day violence in India, the weight of the Holocaust on a survivor’s family, Stalin’s GULAG, the brutality of the Cultural Revolution in China, decolonization in North Africa, structural violence in contemporary Egypt, and the personal and political fallout from the Iraq War. Questions to be considered include: What is the relationship between politics and art? When, if ever, is the use of violence justified? Is violence legitimate if done for “reasons of state”? What, if any, personal responsibility do citizens bear for violence committed by their governments? What are the hopes for peaceful conflict resolution?

IDH 4970: Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis
Instructor: Thomas Smith
F | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Modality: CL
Located on St. Petersburg Campus

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


Location: USF Tampa campus

IDH 2010: Acquisition of Knowledge

Acquisition of Knowledge
IDH 2010 - 001
Instructor: David Garrison
M/W | 2:00 – 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.)

IDH 2930: Special Topics in Honors (These courses are not part of the Honors Core.)

Activate your verbs. Activate your life.
IDH 2930 - 001
Instructor: Sayan Basu
W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
This is a 1-credit course

Writing is arguably the most common activity in college. We write term papers, theses, and personal statements. We write to impress; we write to win prestigious awards or to publish. That is not just writing, it’s writing for a purpose. The purpose of this course is to teach writing tools to suit a suite of specific purposes. With sessions titled "Special effects," "Writing by the numbers,” “10-cent words", and more, I propose to show how even academic writing can be an experience rather than a chore.

A special portion of this course will be devoted to this question: When we write, are we excavating existing thoughts, or do our thoughts come into being as we (try) to write? If we turn this question toward writing a personal statement, then we might find that writing a "mock personal statement" can help create a design for what we should do. And that brings us to activating our lives. The final project is to write a personal statement for 3 different purposes and then create a plan to act upon the words to create your journey in research, leadership, experiential learning and more.

Rooted in Place: JGHC Community Garden Service-Learning Course 
IDH 2930 - 002
Instructors: Meg Stowe/Kobe Phillips 
M/W | 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM at USF Botanical Gardens 
0 credit course that will satisfy the honors service requirement  

This experiential learning course explores current knowledge, issues, and innovation in community gardening, including food security/sovereignty, place-based gardening, community health, urban beekeeping, and sustainability. Students will learn factors of sustainable gardening including: 1) plant health and care, 2) companion planting, 3) ethnobotany, and 4) advancements in agriculture. Not only will students be a part of a valuable community, but they will reconnect with their agricultural roots, reforming a sustainable relationship with the Earth. Participants in this course earn 50 hours of community service through construction, planting, and harvesting of a community garden located in the USF Botanical Gardens. There are no pre-reqs for this course, and you do not have to have prior gardening experience. Completion of this course will satisfy the community service requirement for the JGHC and result in eligibility for the community service scholarship.

In the Judy Genshaft Honors College, we believe that the full potential of education is realized when classroom learning is paired with experiential learning, often defined as "the process of learning through experience, and more specifically learning through reflection on doing." The ability for students to participate in a diverse offering of this type of education is one of the factors that makes our college special. Service is at the heart of the Judy Genshaft Honors College. Care and concern for others motivates the administration, faculty and staff of the College, but we also seek to model for students how intellectually and professionally rewarding service can be. By participating in building our community garden, you have the potential to create a tight-knit community based on shared values: to contribute to your communities through service, leadership, and global citizenship. 

10 of 19 seats are reserved for students in the Honors College Living Learning Community. For a permit to enroll, send an email to Meg Stowe at  

Backstage Pass to Health Professions
IDH 2930 - 003
Instructor: Tricia Penniecook
M | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This is a 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.

IDH 3100: Arts & Humanities

Creator, Images and Sounds
IDH 3100-001
Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky
F | 12:30 PM – 3:15 PM

In this class, students will learn how to produce video art that reflects the understanding of current events and their own response to them through the creation of a fictional narrative. You will become creators of images and sounds that capture your 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. You will research human-social problems (violence, guns, education, poverty, climate change, addictions, communication, Covid 19, etc.) affecting communities today and develop a video art piece that will question at the same time the audience’s and your own systems of beliefs. Students will develop the capacity to recognize how we create understanding through the production of a video step by step, and how creative and fictional work can address our current social and cultural concerns. This course does not require previous film/art knowledge or experience. You will use a DLSR camera or your smartphone (if you do not have access to a DLSR camera) to shoot.

Stop Motion Animation
IDH 3100-002
Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky
M | 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 your 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.

Narrative Cartography: Mapping the Stories of Your Life
IDH 3100-003
M/W | 11:00 AM -12:15 PM
IDH 3100-008
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Instructor: Ulluminair Salim

“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 by challenging traditional notions of space, place, and structure. Through reading, writing, and multilayered forms of journeying, 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 personal places seldom explored.

Interpreting Marvel’s Avengers
IDH 3100-004
Instructor: Kevin Yee
M/W | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

The four Avengers movies have earned $7.7 billion at the box office, clearly showing worldwide appetite for these characters and their stories. But how are these movies able to channel viewers' expectations so perfectly? What are they tapping into that is resonating with so many people? We will examine these films closely, using tools of cultural analysis such as considering sex, gender, orientation, race, and historical contexts. We will also investigate their origins in ancient epics and mythology. The primary grades for the course come from two essays, a group project, and an individual project. Prior familiarity with the Avengers movies, as well as other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, is not required. There are no required materials or books to purchase for the course.

The Afterlife in the Ancient World
IDH 3100-005
Instructor: Jeffrey Donley
M/W | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

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 dominate 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, astro-physics, 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 (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.

Writing Resistance: Poetry and Fiction against Oppression
IDH 3100-006
Instructor: Dennis Mont’Ros
M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 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 an almost automatic response to oppression.  Rhetoric and censorship aimed at a group become personal to those being oppressed and activate our instinct to push back against factors that limit freedoms.  In this course, students will examine how contemporary writers use poetry and short fiction to express resistance against institutional and social oppression in its many forms.

Our primary emphasis will be creative exploration through learning about and practicing the art and craft of writing short fiction and poetry to humanize the concerns of oppressed groups.  Our secondary emphasis will be the contextual analyses of oppressive motives and most fundamental tools: rhetoric and censorship. This course will enhance students’ ability to recognize and utilize language as the most powerful of expressive modes and create a deepening awareness of oppressed groups familiar and foreign.  Projects will include a presentation on a creator or movement of resistance writing and a portfolio of creative work which will be workshopped with peers. 

The Rise of EDM: A History of Electronic Music
IDH 3100-007
Instructor: Calvin Falwell
M/W | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

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.

The Fear of Difference in U.S. Horror Film
IDH 3100-009
Instructor: Colin Whitworth
W | 12:30 PM – 3:15 PM

“Horror is a universal language; we're all afraid.” –John Carpenter

 Horror films mirror parts of our culture back to us—they tell us what we fear and what we should fear. From the boogeyman of Halloween’s Michael Myers to the racial trauma of Jordan Peele’s Get Out, scary movies strive to personify some intangible animus of our time and culture. Often, though, if we look a little closer at these mediated texts, identity and difference become central to the construction of fear. Often these films lead us to fear what is different from us, leading us to fear the Other.

The horror genre becomes a low theory (J. Halberstam) way for the pop cultural consumer to make sense of the society we collectively exist with/in. Through engaging a variety of horror films from different times in U.S. history—from Todd Browning’s Freaks (1932) to Nia DaCosta’s Candyman (2021)—this course asks you to consider how the construction of terror and identity go hand in hand. Using a combination of interdisciplinary readings and ethnographic, multi-media, and creative assignments, this course culminates with the act of written film criticism, critically addressing the fear we find within the Other. 

When your legs don’t work like they used to before… Aging and Popular Music
IDH 3100-010 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Adam Davidson
T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

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 second generation 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 discourses around bodies, gender, race, popularity, capitalism, disability, music-making, and, of course, aging in 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 the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Madonna, Dolly Parton, even Gwen Stefani (51), Marc Anthony (53), and Jennifer Lopez (52) while also listening to the meaning-making of contemporary songs and artists who sing about the reality of age and its seemingly inevitable effects.

Shakespeare and the Enlightenment:  His Life, His Work, His Time
IDH 3100-011
Instructor: David Garrison
T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

In this course we will explore and examine the poetry and drama of William Shakespeare with respect to the changing politics, culture, and arts of the 17th Century. We will examine Shakespeare's dramatic influence on history and culture along with the political, social, and cultural forces most influential to his own work. We will read, discuss, and perform several of the works of Shakespeare. Our discussions will range in topics from the performance of his plays and poetry, to the history of their performance, their political relevance and importance, the philosophical and political movements and events that influenced his works and reception, the political and philosophical movements that were influenced by his works, and more.  

Narrative Medicine and Health In/Justice
IDH 3100-012 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Brianna Cusanno
T/R | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

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. 

Gender Performance on the Tragic Stage
IDH 3100-014
Instructor: Simon Dutton
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

This course will explore the representation of sex, gender, and sexuality in Ancient Greece as situated in its historical context through primary readings of poetry, drama, and philosophy. We will develop critical insight into the cultural practices of early “western” civilization. Our subject is read through multiple academic perspectives (e.g., history, feminism, postcolonial, queer theory, anthropology). We will evaluate the agency afforded to women in classical literature and society as imagined through the male gaze. This will be contextualized by what we know of the actual lives of women in Ancient Greece alongside readings of the few surviving works written by women. To broaden the view of gender roles, we will also explore erotic love, and by extension we will study Greek homosexuality. While primarily attuned to historical context, we will discuss contemporary reception of these themes—considering, for instance, problems of erasure, representation, censorship, and misappropriation. Assessment will include written assignments, presentations, and collaborative projects.

Ecopoetry and Environmental Writing
IDH 3100-015
Instructor: Derek Robbins
T/R | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

The poet John Shoptaw defines an “ecopoem” as a poem that is both environmental and environmentalist. The former criterion has to do with content. Ecopoetry has for its subject some element of the natural world—whitebark pine, Steller’s jay, but also the ordinary black bug on your windowsill, the palm frond blowing across the Wendy’s parking lot. In this respect, ecopoetry overlaps with nature poetry. However, Shoptaw’s second criterion pushes beyond mere nature poetry by insisting that the ecopoem take an “environmentalist” orientation to the natural world. We’ll examine both criteria in this course. First, we’ll look deeper at nature poetry, paying attention to the work of diverse poets over the past century. How might writers of color, for example, complicate our views of nature poetry? What instances of proto-environmentalism might we find in nature poetry of the past? How does contemporary nature poetry seek to re-envision or recreate our relationship to environment? Second, we’ll ask ourselves what does it mean for a poem to be “environmentalist”? How might poetry respond to the environmental crises of our time? We’ll ground our study of poetry in contemporary ecocriticism and examine common environmental tropes such as pastoral, wilderness, and apocalypse.

Students will use their understanding of ecopoetry, gleaned through careful analysis, to write their own ecopoems. We will study the genre of poetry, learning its formal structures and various means of meaning-making from poetic line to image to metaphor. We’ll use this study for our own creative practice, completing a series of ecopoems that will be collected in a final portfolio and selected for a class anthology of ecopoetry.

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences

Natural Hazards of the Earth's Surface (and why most are human-caused)
IDH 3350-001
Timothy Dixon
M/W | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

In 2003, heat waves killed more than 70,000 people in western Europe, while an earthquake in Iran killed 23,000 people. In 2004, nearly a quarter of a million people were killed around the boundaries of the Indian ocean due to a huge earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. In 2005, the US experienced its costliest natural disaster, as Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. In 2011, Japan experienced an earthquake and tsunami similar to the 2004 Indonesia event. Despite Japan’s long experience with such events, its economy was devastated, mainly from secondary consequences. The tsunami which followed the earthquake destroyed a nuclear power plant and caused a core meltdown, eventually forcing the shut-down of the country’s entire nuclear industry. In the last three years unprecedented wildfires have devastated parts of California and Australia, while the on-going Covid-19 pandemic has now killed millions of people.

Despite their obvious differences, the events described above have several common causes.  This class will discuss the background science behind these 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?  You'll find out if you take this class!

What is the Environment?
IDH 3350-002
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45

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, 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. We will explore the environment from philosophical, sociological, psychological, and environmental science perspectives and discuss how such a simple concept is actually quite complex.

Interdisciplinary Research in Science: The Laboratory of Life
IDH 3350-004
Instructor: Michael Cross
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

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 Sustainability 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. 

Climb Every Mountain (or just admire the landscapes)
IDH 3350-005
Instructor: Judy McIlrath
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

It is said that the National Parks are America's greatest idea. Take a journey 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. Along 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.

An optional field trip is offered so that you can experience some of the parks first hand. Come fly 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.

IDH 3400: Social Sciences

Common Goods: Exploring Shared Resources and Public Spaces
IDH 3400-001
Instructor: Cody Hawley
F | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

"Ruin is the destination toward which all rush, each pursuing their own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all."
~ Garrett Hardin

“Little by little, bit by bit, family by family, so much good can be done on so many levels” 
~ Elinor Ostrom

The commons play a critical role in sustaining our way of life. Whether they are shared social resources (such as public spaces, government services, open technologies, and community histories) or shared environmental resources (such as coastlines, climate, natural resources, and wildlife populations), the commons transcend individual interests and belong to all citizens of the world. But in an era that values individualism and private property, how might we rethink shared resources and better communicate about the things that bind us together?

This course will examine key topics concerning the commons, with a focus on identifying fundamental problems, communicating solutions, and visiting regional sites to observe them in action. Major themes to be discussed will include the tragedy of the commons, collective action, localism, community engagement, freedoms and obligations, communication, and sustainability. Daily instruction will consist of a mix between traditional in-class seminars and out-of-classroom visitations to various ‘commons’ across the Tampa Bay area. Students will be expected to be participate in robust class discussion, identify core issues in the commons, and conduct an in-depth case study on a shared resource of interest. *Please note: Some class meetings will be held off-campus; transportation will not be provided. Off-campus meetings may be held during regular class hours. Students must provide their own transportation and ensure that they leave enough time in their schedule for travel to and from off-site locations.

Global Health with People First
IDH 3400-002 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Holly Donahue Singh
M/W | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Why do some groups of people suffer from some diseases while other populations do not? Why are some diseases associated with poverty and others with affluence? Illnesses are not just a matter of pathogens, but also have social, economic, and political causes leading to disparate health experiences and outcomes. This course introduces students to the general principles and foundations of public health using a global framework and particular emphasis to insights generated by qualitative research. It focuses on the study of health issues and concerns that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture, as well as the application of the principles of public health to health practices, policies, and problems that primarily affect low and middle income people. This class will explore current and historical health issues that face populations around the world. The course will problematize health disparities while discussing concrete and culturally relevant approaches to improving global health. It introduces students to the social and behavioral sciences through cultural and sociopolitical inquiry and aims to cultivate ethical ideas and practices pertaining to civic engagement, dimensions of human experience, and the complexity of social interaction.

Food, Migration, and Globalization: The American Melting Pot
IDH 3400-003
Instructor: David Jenkins
M/W | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

The U.S. is a country of various regional cuisines, influenced by waves of forced and voluntary migrations consisting of Native Americans, Anglo-Saxon settlers, enslaved Africans, and successive waves of European, Asian, African, and Latin American immigrants. Even the national narrative of the country as an ostensible melting pot of cultures implies a culinary aspect and aspiration: to be American, and to become American, means to live in a country of immigrants who have all given it a flavor with their distinct traditions. Yet throughout the country’s history, what has been considered ‘proper’ food has always been intricately connected to complex questions of race, class, and ethnicity. In this class, we explore questions such as: How and why does food matter for national identity? What is American food? What type of foods are accepted as American? How should one eat to be accepted as an American? How does one’s physical and social space in the U.S. food system affect the types of foods available for consumption?

Equipment for Living: Popular Culture and Social Change
IDH 3400-004
Instructor: David Jenkins
M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

This course examines popular culture and revolutionary communication as sites of resistance that contribute to broader systems of social change. Looking at current events and the worldwide push against global neoliberalism in comparative perspective with social movements of the past, this course examines how power and resistance operates in society. In varying ways these figures and 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." We will explore relevant debates, historical and contemporary, concerning the impact of popular culture on social change. There is a focus on social media, humor, art (both "mundane" and "fine"), television and film, and the human body 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 global social change. It aims to define and interrogate fundamental concepts in sociology and communication, 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.

Women and Leadership Discourse
IDH 3400-005
Instructor: Amaly Santiago
T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 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.   

Emotions: Experience, Expression, and Understanding
IDH 3400-006 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Lisa Spinazola
T/R | 12:30 PM – 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? Knowledge and expression of emotions are impacted by how we are raised, culture, gender, personalities, style of interaction, and current life stressors. We will extend our understanding of emotions through various lenses and disciplines: psychology, sociology, biology, communication, and/or social construction. Cognitive Behavioral therapy posits if we change our ways of thinking, we can impact the emotions we feel, and ultimately change behaviors that cause disruption and distress in our lives. Can it be this simple?

Paul Ekman studies the universality of emotions, physiological responses to (and causes of) basic or foundational emotional states, as well as the importance of displaying and expressing emotions to the formation and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. Deborah Tannen writes about the origins of, problems that arise, and ways to better understand the gendered language of emotions. Combining photography and electronic journaling, we’ll add texture and visuals to the expression of emotional states we’ll discuss over the course of the semester. For the final project, students will choose a relationship (and its various emotions) or an emotion (through various relationships) to write about and reflect upon to demonstrate how their understanding of emotions has changed and/or developed over the course of the semester.

Truth in a “Post-Truth” Era
IDH 3400-007
Instructor: Patrick Casey
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Twenty-five years ago, observers predicted that the internet would improve the lives of millions by ushering in a golden age of democratization of information, and in many ways it has. Yet it has been accompanied by a plethora of careless misinformation and willful disinformation, much of it shared on social media by people we know and trust. This cascade of false information has had numerous consequences, such as: weakening our ability to fight climate change by obscuring a clear and unambiguous scientific consensus; facilitating the spread of dangerous conspiracy theories by asserting malicious connections between disparate events; compromising efforts to combat a global pandemic by attributing sinister motivations to public health officials; and even leading to an insurrection of the US Capitol by alleging what would have been the largest and most ambitious case of election fraud in history. This course on Truth in a Post-Truth Era explores the many ways that our shared understanding of reality is being undermined, and with it, our trust in institutions and in each other. Along the way we will learn how to distinguish between sense and nonsense, to separate fact from fiction, and to use this knowledge to understand how so many people have been seduced by pseudo-science and anti-intellectualism and what we can do to reverse the trend.

Political Polarization and Reconciliation
IDH 3400-008
Instructor: Patrick Casey
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

When students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky attended a March for Life rally in the nation’s capital in 2019, 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 of 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 this culture war rages, political polarization is on the rise, and 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 the issues that Americans disagree on most strongly and consistently, the sociological and psychological roots of these disagreements, and the perspectives they adopt in evaluating the social and moral order of American society. 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.

Protest, Diversity, and Oppression in Music
IDH 3400-009
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 it 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, with a deeper dive into the Tampa Bay region. 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.

What's Your Number? The Mathematic and cultural associations of numbers
IDH 3400-011
Instructor: Laura Szalacha
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

The Golden mean, 8888, p<.001, 36-24-36, ∞ and beyond…This course is a consideration of the critical role of numeracy across human history, in lives and civilizations, and taught in various academic disciplines (philosophy, sociology, theology, mathematics, physics, architecture, psychology, and more). It will progress from the examination of everyday numeracy practices, such as those in which numerate, spatial, probabilistic, and/or quantitative signifiers are prominent, through historical development, in religious and cultural symbolism, in art, navigating health care, to regarding numeracy as a social practice. In seminar fashion, students will collectively analyze the vast role of numeracy in scholarship and human interactions and reflect on numeracy as it is embedded in the social, cultural, historical, and political contexts in which these activities take place. This will culminate in each student’s research paper at the end of the term.

IDH 3600: Seminar in Applied Ethics

Biomedical Ethics
IDH 3600- 001 (Medical Humanities) 
T/R | 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
IDH 3600-002 (Medical Humanities) (7-year BS/MD only)
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Instructor: John Dormois

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.

The Ethics of Political Grievances, Freedom, and the Response to Tyranny
IDH 3600-003
Instructor: Stephanie Williams
M | 5:00 PM – 7:45 PM

This course will examine the questions surrounding the concepts of political grievances, freedom, and tyranny through the study of conservative, and centrist 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 of 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,” may make demands of our political systems through protest, and make changes to government policies and institutions that don’t serve their political interests, and 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 the students 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.

Controversies in Medical Research
IDH 3600-004 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: David Diamond
M | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

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 in specific health-related 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 | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

In this course, we will review a number of influential 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 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 Dr. 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 (“police and military violence”), structural/systemic violence, and symbolic violence. We will also look at case studies in which the 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 the Future: Environmental and Technological Transformations
IDH 3600-006
Instructor: Gregory McCreery
M/W | 12:30 PM

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 particularly introduces a “double-edged sword” of advantages and disadvantages into our lives. Some argue that we are moving toward a posthuman, or transhuman future in which humans will go beyond their current restraint within their natural bodies and environments. Others argue that, with intelligent technology, we may one day no longer be able to distinguish some humans from advanced technologies. Much of the issue pertaining to environmental and technological transformations involves risk, and how this is communicated to the public. It is important not only to emphasize the benefits of technological advancements, but to seriously consider their long-term implications for humanity beyond those benefits so that we can mitigate the problems that may arise in the 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 before seen on the planet, and the health of these “humans” and of the planet will remain in question. Humanity will, as it does now, face new obstacles, and threats to its well-being as it undergoes transformations into a new kind of humanity. In this course, we will work with theoretical approaches to environmental ethics, the philosophy of technology, transhumanism and posthumanism, with a focus on case studies that put into question what we assume to be “human,” technological “advancement,” and that focus on the impact of damaged environments upon human health.

Corporate Personhood: Identity and Responsibility
IDH 3600-007
Instructor: David Garrison
M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

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?

The Power of One: Ethics in 19th Century Literature
IDH 3600-008
Instructor: Jeffrey Donley
M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

The purpose of this course is to critically engage with the global 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 for 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 global understanding and appreciation of the inter-dynamics of the diversified multi-layered facets of the literary masterworks of the nineteenth century.

Students will analyze the Power of One global 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 geographical perspectives that bring about an increased awareness of the implication of literature in the operations of power and ideology.

Citizen Walkers
IDH 3600-009
Instructor: Adam Davidson
T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

This course explores the political, economic, ethical, and social impact(s) of the mundane and everyday practice of walking. Marching for justice, raising money for cancer, seeking spiritual healing, calling attention to climate change, engaging with history and memory, and maintaining physical fitness (among many others!) all attest to the power and importance of walking in our lives and societies. Through embodied practice, theoretical analysis, and personal reflection we seek a greater awareness and understanding of the ways walking moves beyond the mere utility of traveling from point A to point B, and we challenge ourselves to engage with practices that contribute to the betterment of ourselves and our communities. In that light, we will also explore conceptions of citizenship and how/why some, but not all, conceptions compel us to engage our bodies and often our feet --interacting with and interrogating these conceptions through our embodied practice (i.e. walking!).

All abilities and disabilities are welcome as we explore the implications of how diverse bodies move in and through our communities and how our communities engage with and accommodate all bodies. A cellphone or other photo/video recording device is required.

The American Revolution: Ethics in a Time of World War, 1776
IDH 3600-010
Instructor: Jeffrey Donley
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

This course is a seminar in applied ethics that includes new avenues that set the stage for the ethical lens of the colonial transformation that was caused and became inseparable from the American Revolution, creating a fundamental shift in ethical ideas that still remains today. The focus of this seminar-style course will be one of reading, reflection, writing, collaborative inquiry, and discussion. What made the American War for Independence (1775-1783) revolutionary? Students will investigate whether it was the ethical principle that rights are not the product of human will or historic development are inherent in all human beings by God’s design—a principle reaching back to the arguments of English philosopher John Locke and Scholastic philosopher Thomas Aquinas and explicitly well established as the point of division from the mother country at least fourteen years before the “shot heard round the world?”
We will go on a journey of an interdisciplinary exploration of an “Ethics of Revolution” that integrates the “Just War Theory” of a nationalistic endeavor of honor, raw courage, and self-sufficiency of American exceptionalism in George in George Washington, Nathaniel Green, Daniel Morgan, Benjamin Franklin, etc. Students will decide if our Founding Fathers made the ethical decision of whether they had “the right to go to war” against Great Britain in that it was just (jus ad bellum) as well as whether the means employed in “the conduct/guidelines of engagement” were ethical (jus in bello). The ethical principle of “honor” will be thoroughly investigated in this course.

The Whitewashing of Black Music
IDH 3600-011
Instructor: Calvin Falwell
T/R | 8:00 AM – 9:15 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.

Moral Machines? The Social Impacts of Artificial Intelligence
IDH 3600-012
Instructor: Ora Tanner
M/W | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

This course provides an introduction to artificial intelligence and its social, political, economical, environmental, and cultural impacts. Topics such as racist bots, sexist algorithms, and biased societal outcomes due to the unethical design, development, and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) systems will be discussed.  Students will be challenged to interrogate assumptions about AI as a supposedly “neutral” and “objective” technology through an exploration of interactive case studies in healthcare, criminal justice system, computer science, environmental science, the arts, education, religion, journalism, future workforce, and more. Using a multidisciplinary "reading" list that includes playing digital games, exploring AI tools, and engaging with multimedia content, students will be introduced to critical scholarship that examines the intersection of ethics and technology. Students will demonstrate their newly developed perspectives about AI through a social impact project that addresses an ethical question about the application of AI in a particular area. No coding or programming required. All majors welcome.  

IDH 4200: Geographical Perspectives

Collaborative Service-Learning in Ghana: Transforming Spectators into Problem-Solvers *new listing!
IDH 4200-001
Instructor: Elizabeth Doone
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

The purpose of this course is to foster a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge about real -life issues that challenge communities. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary lens, students will collaboratively select a shared concern with a global peer mentor, generate ideas and responses, critically weigh options and create an action plan. This course is relevant for honors students desiring to immerse in a cultural exchange of ideas and understandings while honing their communication and problem-solving skills.

How to Save a Planet - Individual Action and Systemic Solutions
IDH 4200-002
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove
M/W | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

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 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!

 Sectarianism and Terrorism in the Middle East: From Afghanistan to Lebanon
IDH 4200-003
Instructor: Arman Mahmoudian
M/W | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Twenty years after the invasion of Afghanistan by the United States, the Taliban before the world's eyes took over Afghanistan. About 80 thousand Taliban militants armed with simple weapons easily defeated Afghanistan, armed to the teeth and with a military of 300 thousand soldiers. Today, many argue that the Taliban's takeover put an end to twenty years of US-backed socio-political reforms in Afghanistan, so that in today’s Afghanistan, minorities and women once again are entirely outcast from power. But it is not only Afghanistan which is going back to older ways; in Iraq, the sectarianism between Shia and Sunnis and Arab and Kurds is rising again. In Lebanon, the current tension resulting from the 2020 Beirut explosion, gas shortage, and economic crisis is putting the country on the edge of re-experiencing the 1975 civil war.

In this course, through four stages, we will study terrorism and sectarianism in the Middle East:  1) Students will learn about the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and how it led to the rise of radical jihadism in Afghanistan. 2) Students will analyze the impact of US invasions of Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) on the growth of sectarianism in the region. 3) Students will study the effect of the Arab Spring (2010) on regional stability and why the chaos in Syria affected Iraq and Lebanon. Finally, 4) Students will explore the change of events in Afghanistan to answer what went wrong in the region.

 Global Perspectives of Financialization
IDH 4200-004
Instructor: Olubukola Olayiwola
M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

The term financialization may bring to mind the constellation of global financial-economic activities in the hands of “smart” experts on Wall Street, but financialization extends beyond these activities to the daily lives of people all over the world. In this class, our examination of financialization will take a global view. We will begin with a close look at Wall Street, the regime of accumulation, and shareholder value orientation. We will then direct our searchlight to the often taken-for-granted financial activities in everyday lives of market vendors and commodity producers who inhabit the informal economic sector, particularly in the global south with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. In this course, we will examine the development of the concept of financialization drawing from different fields in social sciences. We will critique the concept of financialization including its limits (analytic, theoretical, strategic, optic and empiric limits). We will debate various international development issues and anthropology of development including those rooted in global capitalism and neoliberalism (e.g., microfinance). And we will link our discussion to major anthropological debates on the informal and formal economic sectors. Drawing from readings examining the lives and experiences of various communities, we will suggest essential components of everyday lives and livelihood, which must be factored in to understand what constitutes financialization, be it at the level of household, community, or state.  

 Socio-political Developments in the New Russia
IDH 4200-005
Instructor: Arman Mahmoudian
M/W 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 was an enormous change to both the global order and Russia. However, in our daily lives, we hear more of its impact on the international system and how it led to the rise of American hegemony and the growth of democracy in Eastern Europe. However, we rarely hear about how the collapse of the Soviet Union impacted Russia and reshaped Russians' political views.
In this course, we will learn about how the territorial collapse of the Soviet Union and the outbreak of chaos into Russia's mainland instituted a new world view among Russian elites. In this context, we will start our journey by learning about the immediate impact of the dissolution of the Soviet Union on Russia's domestic politics. Then, we will learn how instability allowed President Putin and his inner circle to establish a new authoritarian regime in Russia. Additionally, we are going to learn about political changes in Russia both domestically and internationally. Finally, we will try to find out how the collapse of the Soviet Union played an essential role in creating Russia's current aggressive foreign policy.

(Global)2 Perspectives of Health: Exploring Components of Holistic Health
IDH 4200-006 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Lydia Asana
M/W | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

This course focuses on comparative explorations of holistic health in the Global North and Global South. In this course, students will identify existing narratives of health in terms of the Global North and South while becoming familiar with four primary components of holistic health namely: Body, mind, spirit (faith/culture) and environment (geographical/societal). Students will explore the significance of the four primary components with respect to a selected country or region and will be challenged to objectively compare and contrast predominant narratives and alternative perspectives in light of course content and independent research findings. Towards the end of the course, students will each present their findings and collaborate to bring forth conclusions and contributions to the understanding of, and approaches to, addressing holistic health around the world.

Anticipated outcomes of this course include expanded knowledge through instruction and contributions from global experts including guest speakers and sharpened critical thinking through interactive, guided discussions that incorporate knowledge acquired, experiences shared, and possibilities imagined in the context of global perspectives. This course will enable students to foster their research skills through individual exploration of a given country or region and enhance their communication skills through presentation of research findings using diverse methods. Ultimately, students will expand their intellectual and professional skills through reflection papers and the integration of individual interests and talents in the choice of guided project presentation format. Finally, a deeper appreciation for the benefits of collaboration will be earned through the integration of ideas and findings towards re-imagined conclusions about global perspectives of health, particularly with respect to the Global North and the Global South.

Global Constructions of (Dis)Ability
IDH 4200-007 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Lindy Davidson
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Students in this course will explore the ways culture impacts the understanding of ability and disability, the experiences of individuals with disabilities, and the material existence of different kinds of bodies in our 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. The course is designed to be interactive with multiple exploratory activities and response papers as well as a final research project and poster. Students are encouraged to explore creative methods of research including narrative, film, music, and visual art.

Global Health is Local Health
IDH 4200-008 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Lydia Asana
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

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 through course instruction and contributions from experts including international guest speakers. Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills through guided interactive discussions that incorporate knowledge acquired, experiences shared, and the integration of local perspectives from around the globe. Students will foster research skills through individual exploration of a given locality and enhance their communication skills through presentation of research findings. Intellectual and professional skills will be expanded through reflection papers and the integration of individual interests and talents in the choice of guided project presentation format. 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

Bollywood: Nation, Desire, and Modernity Through Sounds and Images of Indian Cinema
IDH 4200-009
Instructor: Angsumala Tamang
R | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Bollywood as “[a] name for the Indian popular film industry, based in Mumbai (Bombay).” At a glance this definition seems quite straightforward, but as with all academic matters, a little probing proves otherwise. In other words, Bollywood does not imply all films from the Mumbai film industry, but a type of film produced by the Indian film industry that includes elaborate song-and-dance extravaganza. Likewise, Bollywood has come to stand for melodrama and sheer entertainment with its audience members voraciously consuming Bollywood films, humming songs, emulating dance moves, and repeating dialogues.

So how does this form of Indian cinema and film music reflect and constitute the historical, political, and social life of South Asia? Taking this question as a starting point, this course will explore converging domains such as coloniality, postcoloniality, and globalization in South Asia in relation to nationalism, modernity, gender, caste, religion, diaspora, and minorities as portrayed in Bollywood films. In addition, by incorporating works on culture studies and ethnomusicology, we will examine how Bollywood as part of popular media represents a repository of imagined worlds that shapes, generates, and re-generates images of “Indianness” that are projected to a worldwide audience. Lastly, this course will also include a brief study of regional cinema to afford students a comparative viewpoint of the influences and/or divergences found within the broader category of Indian Cinema.     

1968 - A Year Unlike Any Other
IDH 4200-010
Instructor: Daniel Ruth
T | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Every year brings momentous events to our lives. But few years have had so many myriad news events that transformed not only American society, but the rest of the world right up to today as 1968. The Tet Offensive shattered America's opinion toward the Vietnam War. The Prague Spring marked the first chinks in what would eventually crumble the Iron Curtain across Europe. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy forever changed the course of American race relations and the nation's politics. And, for first time, astronauts entered the Moon's gravitational pull. These and many other profound events that dominated 1968 will be explored not only for the impact on society at the time they occurred but the lasting impact they have had on all our lives.

Beasts and Burdens: Survival, Imagination, and Risk in the (Global) South
IDH 4200-011 (Medical Humanities
Instructor: Ulluminair Salim
T | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM

"Can the subaltern speak?" --Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Beasts and Burdens: Survival, Imagination, and Risk in the (Global) South will investigate health (inequality) and risk through the artistic lens of women and children in southern, postcolonial spaces, examining their 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. Beasts and Burdens will leverage audio, video, imagery, and narrative as windows into the social imaginary.

Guiding Questions for the course: What are ways in which women’s 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 seeks to examine. While the course privileges the stories and lived experiences of women and children of the (global) south, it welcomes students of all gender identities.

Arab Literature, Culture, and Film
IDH 4200-012
Instructor: Raja Benchekroun
T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

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 variety of languages, dialects, and cultures in the region, 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 a 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.”

Access to Justice
IDH 4200-013
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.

Health and History
IDH 4200-014 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Andrea Vianello
T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Health care has for centuries been a major concern of societies around the globe. From shamanism, the rituals of ancient Mesopotamia, the medical texts of ancient Egypt, the insights on Roman medicine provided by Pompeii and the epidemics and pandemics that have been recorded since the Middle Ages, to the beginnings of scientific medicine, the history of health care provides an exciting perspective with lessons valid even today. The role of the physician in societies, ethical issues, and the effects of epidemics on people and societies are the key themes covered.

Using a scientific approach within archaeology and history, the course will present an innovative and up-to-date history of the world focusing on health. The course will emphasize a transdisciplinary deep history and evolutionary approach towards pathogens. The course stems from a research project based in Venice, Italy, on the first quarantine in the world, trying to reconstruct the epidemics and pandemics of the last 600 years. Upon completion of the course, students in any discipline will be better equipped to understand and contend with health care and public health challenges.

Experience Japan - from Hospitals to Hospitality (Omotenashi)
IDH 4200-016 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

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.

Healing and Everyday Crises in South Asia
IDH 4200-017 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Holly Donahue Singh
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

This course will engage students in examining comparative approaches to health and healing in contexts of social and economic inequality and environmental crisis, with a focus on South Asia in global perspective. The course will address multiple healing traditions in South Asia, including the particulars of biomedical practice in medically plural South Asian contexts. The course will expose students to aspects of social life, literature, film in South Asia to analyze medical practice, health, and illness across healing systems, in public health, and in social policy. 

South Korean Culture and Society (Beyond the Classroom)*
IDH 4200-018
Instructors: Kevin Lee and Ky Pontious
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 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, and Korean Wave (Hallyu), and more, students will develop a rich and diverse understanding of Korean culture and society today. In addition, students will participate in experiential learning on and off campus through organized activities and interactions with the Korean community. We will also be utilizing media, guest speakers, and hands-on experiences to create a dynamic approach to cultural learning. 

*This course is permitted for students who have been accepted to the study abroad trip to South Korea at the end of the semester.

Contemporary Middle East
IDH 4200-020
Nazek Jawad
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

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 has 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 you 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. Additionally, this course also highlights the Middle East’s abundant culture, and introduces students to countless contributions of Middle East countries to human civilizations in a 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 other cultures by introducing students to the diversified cultures of the Middle East.

Food and Culture in the Arab and Eastern World
IDH 4200-021
Instructor: Raja Benchekroun
T/R | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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 the journey Food took 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 network with diverse community members and engage in field trips to local food festivals and Arab and Eastern restaurants in the Tampa Bay area.

IDH 4930: Special Topics in Honors

Honors Seminar in Pharmacy
IDH 4930-001
Instructor: Yashwant Pathak
W | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

3-credit hours (counts for honors core class but not a Gen Ed credit)

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. 


IDH 4950: Honors Capstone (permit required)

3rd and 4th year students can register without a course permit. All others must request a permit for IDH 4950.

Visual Narratives
IDH 4950-001
Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky
F | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM

In this class, you will work collectively to produce a documentary. You will learn how to Pre-produce (developing story ideas, research, developing a proposal and pitching, writing a treatment, script, writing questions to interview participants), how to Produce (the logistics of filming well-planned and well-executed interviews and shoots that include conceptual aspects such as framing and types of shots, as well as technical aspects like camera use, light, sound, etc.) and how to Post-produce (editing concepts, process and use of editing software) to turn your project into a documentary that re-tells the stories of our community in a meaningful and reflective way. During the semester, you will explore how to produce a short documentary about Tampa Bay’s communities’ stories through visual narration.

If you pay attention, your knowledge of what is happening around you is amplified through images, either through photography, videos, or movies. Your generation is perhaps the one that most frequently uses visual elements to create social memories. Often, this process is not evident, and you may not reflect on its social functions, but this class will teach you to do precisely that. You can decide to work on science, sports, politics, media, fashion, music, generational issues, or whatever you might like to investigate. Whatever you choose, you will know it better through Tampa Bay’s local events and/or communities. This course does not require previous film knowledge or experience. You will use your smartphone to shoot.

Quality makes ¢ent$: Healthcare Research & Quality Outcomes
IDH 4950-002 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Donna Ettel Gambino
M | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

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 and process change, and will emphasize 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.

Writing Craft: Telling Your Story
IDH 4950-003
Instructor: Deepak Singh
M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

This course will emphasize how to read like writers, dissect literature with an eye for craft, how a story is made, and 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.

Let Me Tell You A Story - Creative Writing
IDH 4950-004
Instructor: Daniel Ruth
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

This Capstone course is designed to help students find and cultivate their own unique voice. We all have opinions about a great many subjects in our lives, but often people feel awkward and unsure in giving a strong voice to their views through the written word. This course, taught by a working journalist with decades of newspaper experience, will endeavor to give students the self-confidence they need to explore their opinions and defend their point of view.

Du Bois Data Portraits Remix: Reimagining Black Life in America
IDH 4950-005
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove
M | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most influential Black scholars of the early 20th century and his work is just as relevant today as it was 120 years ago. In 1903, Du Bois presented an art installation of 63 data visualizations about Black life in America and Georgia that challenged the dominant views at the time. This capstone course will partner with the USF Contemporary Art Museum on a project to reimagine these data portraits. This course will involve learning a lot of social science research methods quickly and then using those methods to collect data on Black lives in our community, in Florida, and in the United States. You will learn to think and research like a social scientist and make decisions that will impact a real life outcome. The data we collect in this capstone will be used in the final art installation put together by the USF Contemporary Art Museum, and we will produce our own data visualizations to display within the Honors College. This course will be challenging, but very rewarding! Let’s change the way our community thinks about Black lives and empower our communities through data and art!

Becoming the Next Problem Solver: Creator, Thinker, Changemaker 
IDH 4950-006
T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
IDH 4950-007
T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Instructor: Michael Cross

In this course, we use the lens of the UN Sustainability 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?” 

Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
IDH 4950-008 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Holly Donahue Singh
T/R | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

This course examines contemporary social movements around reproductive health, rights, and justice in global historical contexts. The historical and cross-cultural examination of debates about, and advocacy around, reproduction will ground students' research into current medical, legislative, and social reform movements aimed at changing the ways people imagine human futures and work to create them through policy, education, and activism. Students' research will serve as the basis for creating their own projects aimed at increasing public understanding of their topics in the form of a public event, a podcast, an exhibition, a website, a course syllabus, a documentary, or another form.

Exploring Behind the Veil: The New Honors Building
IDH 4950-009
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

The construction of our new home is moving forward! 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 structure 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. 

Transitional Justice
IDH 4950-010
Instructor: Alma Dedic Sarenkapa
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

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 mechanism 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 communities we live in. What can we learn from societies in transition? Can we apply such measures and experience is 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.

Connections: Mental Healthcare, Community Engagement, and Art*
IDH 4950-011 (Medical Humanities)
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins
W | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

In this collaboration between the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College and the Tampa Museum of Art, Honors students learn about medical conditions such as dementia, depression, substance use disorder, and PTSD and are trained to facilitate interactions with works of art for patient groups dealing with these diagnoses. Students will learn how to deliver therapeutic interactions with art that allow participants to give their own personal interpretations without fear of judgment or failure.  The methods utilized in class have been found to help participants (including students!) access and express memories, improve communication skills, externalize emotions, relieve stress and anxiety, and promote positive feelings. 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.  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.

*Please note that this class meets at the Tampa Museum of Art – allow time for traveling back and forth when you are planning your schedule. Transportation is not provided, but parking is validated. 

Digital Video Production
IDH 4950-012
Instructor: Reginald Lucien
W | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

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, research, lighting techniques, audio editing and capture, voiceovers, and publication of projects on the Internet. 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 video projects spanning various video genres.

IDH 4970: Honors Thesis I & II

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

The Honors Thesis consists of Thesis I & Thesis II. It 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. Permit required. Please go to Honors Thesis for more information, or compare different Research Track options. 001 for first-semester thesis; 002 for second-semester thesis.