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Spring 2021 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.

Courses listed as online (AD) will meet synchronously at the time and days listed and will have no face-to-face component. Courses listed as hybrid (HB) will offer a minimum of 9 hours of in-person class time as well as online class meetings at the designated time/days. Students who enroll in a hybrid course may select to attend any/all sessions as a remote student unless otherwise noted.


Location: USF Sarasota Manatee campus

IDH 3600: Seminar in Applied Ethics

Ethics of Radicalism and Protest
IDH 3600-501
Instructor: Adolfo Lagomasino
Hybrid T/R | 12:30-1:45pm

How do we address social and political inequities? Issues of structural sexism and racism to systemic oppression and institutional violence are increasingly prevalent, yet the response to social injustice and inequality face increased scrutiny. The radical position, one that is confrontational to existing structures, is a unique recourse as it reveals the ways in which institutions deploy and perpetuate discriminatory practices. However, while protests bring visibility to issues of human rights, they are often times dismissed as unnecessarily disruptive or unintelligible. In this course, we will explore what constitutes confrontational rhetoric (dissent towards existing systems of oppression) and how it is enacted through embodied protests, demonstrations, and other performances. We will address the ethics of institutions responsible for inequities along with the ethics of the opposition to such oppression. Ultimately this course will critique notions of human rights (where and for whom) along with interrogating how protests (the enactment of confrontational rhetoric) are performed and how they occasion the exposure of inequalities.

IDH 4200: Geographic Perspectives

Indigenous Communities and the Natural World
IDH 4200-501
Instructor: Edie Banner
Hybrid M/W | 11:00am – 12:15pm 

This course examines the relationship Indigenous communities have with the natural world. Indigenous practices, traditions, and knowledge have been passed through generations via oral histories revealing their use of natural resources for food, medicine, materials and rites and rituals. This course is a global exploration using biomes as geographical references to study how natural resources are utilized by Indigenous communities that live in these diverse environments. This exploration will illustrate the value of traditional Indigenous practices and examine methods of ensuring that their knowledge and their environments are preserved and protected. Students will gain new perspectives of nature and its influence on human culture.

Through a variety of activities, students will explore use of plants by Indigenous peoples for nutrition, for healing, in rituals, as building materials, and for tools within the various biomes around the world. Current day threats to these environments will be evaluated and the effects on traditional cultural practices will be determined. Students will consider what actions are needed to protect these natural areas and conserve the cultures they support. Through examining the experiences of Indigenous communities, students will attain a fundamental understanding of the relationship of people to their environment and gain an increased appreciation of the value and potential of Indigenous knowledge.

IDH 4950: Capstone

Arts and Health at the Ringling Museum of Art
IDH 4950-501 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins
Online R | 2:00pm – 4:45pm 

In this collaboration between the USF Honors College and the Ringling 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 patients 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.


Location: USF St. Petersburg campus

IDH 3100: Arts & Humanities

Music and the Emotions/Music and the Screen
IDH 3100-601
Instructor: Raman Sachdev
Hybrid R | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Located on St. Petersburg campus

In this course, we'll study and reflect on how music affects us by way of its placement on the screen, i.e. in movies, television shows, documentaries, etc. We'll begin with an overview of the basic structure of popular songs as well as the common genres of today's popular music. We'll investigate the components of musical pieces and how their unique placement in particular scenes on screen moves us in one way (rather than another). While watching a movie and hearing a song in the background, for example, what role does the tempo of that song have on our sensory experience and on our emotional response? Through a combination of scholarship, interactive watching and listening sessions, and group exercises, by the end of the course you will become more knowledgeable about the value of music in our lives and how, in many ways, music makes us who we are.*

*If you're concerned about your level of expertise, have no fear: there are no music education prerequisites for this course. All you'll need is an interest in both music and film as well as a desire to learn more about them.

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences

Marine Life and Habitats
IDH 3350-601
Instructor: Teresa Greely
Hybrid W | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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

Poverty and Inequality
IDH 3400-601
Instructor: Rebecca Harris Barancik
Hybrid M | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Located on St. Petersburg campus

 The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the growing gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” in the US, while contributing to the rise in poverty here.  However, poverty and inequality problems did not just begin in 2020.  In this course, we will examine the many causes of poverty and inequality in the US; review methods for measuring poverty and inequality; discuss policies that have both contributed to and alleviated poverty and inequality; and decide why would should care, regardless of our own socio-economic status.

IDH 4000: Major Works/Major Issues

Food, Place, and Memory
IDH 4000-601
Instructor: Gary Mormino
Hybrid T | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Located on St. Petersburg campus

Almost 200 years ago, a French gourmand said famously, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” Studying our diverse foodways is as trendy as it is fascinating. We will explore a wide variety of topics, ranging from the evolution of apples to our modern obsession for sugar to the latest food fads. We will also read and discuss how successive groups of immigrants have changed our palates. We will also discuss how COVID-19 has changed our foodways.

Major Works/Major Issues: Poverty and Inequality
IDH 4000-602
Instructor: Rebecca Harris-Barancik
Hybrid M | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Located on St. Petersburg campus

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the growing gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” in the US, while contributing to the rise in poverty here. However, poverty and inequality problems did not just begin in 2020. In this course, we will examine the many causes of poverty and inequality in the US; review methods for measuring poverty and inequality; discuss policies that have both contributed to and alleviated poverty and inequality; and decide why would should care, regardless of our own socio-economic status.


How to Make History

IDH 4000-603
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins
Hybrid F | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Located at Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, Pass-a-Grille 

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that “We are made by history,” emphasizing the importance of historical events and narratives in constructing our understanding of the world and ourselves. Many of us might think of History – the academic discipline - as little more than a sequence of objective facts, a chronological list of important names, dates, and battles. In reality, history – as a lived experience – is much more personal and intimate. Events from the mundane to momentous are experienced and remembered by people, recorded by some, and passed along to future generations. This course will focus on how history might shape our identity as residents of the Tampa Bay area, with an emphasis on the process by which History is made, and the role that we might play – as students, researchers, and practitioners – in making History ourselves. In partnership with the St. Pete Beach Public Library and the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, this course will provide students with hands-on experience in: recording oral histories, producing documentary photography, digitizing visual and print artifacts, cataloguing and creating a historical archive, and developing a virtual reality experience of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum highlighting our work. This is a service learning course, meaning that we integrate community service with guided reflection in the curriculum to enhance and enrich student learning of course material. While the majority of the class will take place online, some class meetings during the semester will take place off-campus, at the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum on beautiful Pass-a-Grille beach.

Music and the Emotions/Music and the Screen
IDH 4000-604
Instructor: Raman Sachdev
Hybrid R | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Located on St. Petersburg campus

In this course, we'll study and reflect on how music affects us by way of its placement on the screen, i.e. in movies, television shows, documentaries, etc. We'll begin with an overview of the basic structure of popular songs as well as the common genres of today's popular music. We'll investigate the components of musical pieces and how their unique placement in particular scenes on screen moves us in one way (rather than another). While watching a movie and hearing a song in the background, for example, what role does the tempo of that song have on our sensory experience and on our emotional response? Through a combination of scholarship, interactive watching and listening sessions, and group exercises, by the end of the course you will become more knowledgeable about the value of music in our lives and how, in many ways, music makes us who we are.*

*If you're concerned about your level of expertise, have no fear: there are no music education prerequisites for this course. All you'll need is an interest in both music and film as well as a desire to learn more about them.

IDH 4200: Geographic Perspectives

Food, Place, and Memory
IDH 4200-601
Instructor: Gary Mormino
Hybrid T | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Located on St. Petersburg campus

Almost 200 years ago, a French gourmand said famously, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” Studying our diverse foodways is as trendy as it is fascinating. We will explore a wide variety of topics, ranging from the evolution of apples to our modern obsession for sugar to the latest food fads. We will also read and discuss how successive groups of immigrants have changed our palates. We will also discuss how COVID-19 has changed our foodways.

IDH 4970: Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis
IDH 4970-601
Instructor: Thomas Smith
Hybrid F | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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
Hybrid M/W 2:00pm – 3:15pm 

Ranging from classical philosophy to the digital age, the 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

 

Backstage pass to Health Professions
IDH 2930-003
Instructors: Donna Petersen & Tricia Penniecook
Online M | 4:00pm – 4:50pm
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.

Korea Global Experience*
IDH 2930-004

Facilitators: Kylie Pontious & C.H. Kevin Lee
Hybrid F | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
This is a 0 credit course.

*Students who applied for the cancelled Korea study abroad trip will receive priority for enrollment.

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 to the online course, students will participate in experiential learning on and off campus through organized activities and interactions with the local 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 considered a Global Experience and can count toward the completion of one Honors Global Experience Requirement.

Global Experience Studio
IDH 2930-005

Instructor: Benjamin Scott Young
Hybrid F | 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
This is a 0 credit course

This course offers a series of studio events aimed at (1) cultivating our awareness of globally diverse experiences, (2) enhancing our capacity for perception and reflection when traveling or living abroad, and (3) integrating these into our own sense of self, purpose, and appreciation. Although all Honors students are welcome to participate, enjoy the experience, and contribute to the conversation, completion of this course can also count toward the satisfaction of one Honors Global Experience requirement.

IDH 3100: Arts and Humanities

Writing Craft: Telling Your Story
IDH 3100-001
Instructor: Deepak Singh
Online T/R | 8:00am – 9:15am

The course will emphasize how to read like writers, dissect literature with an eye for craft: how a story is made, what choices the author made to create his or her 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. They’ll learn about how to revise a piece of written work.

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 the writer needs 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. 

Storytelling, Science Fiction & American Transformation
IDH 3100-002
Instructor: Alan Bush
Online M/W | 11:00am – 12:15pm 

America is transforming. We live in the Back Loop, a socio-systemic period in which the institutions that enable & constrain American society unravel. In that unraveling, there much peril and great possibility. What previous generations of Americans thought possible was enabled and constrained by the art they experienced, as the distillation of the “desirable-possible.” Case in point: Motorola & Apple developed flip phones (first) and iPads (later) because we first experienced them as desirable & possible on Star Trek. We acknowledged as a possibility and eventually ratified into law gay marriage because an art subculture depicting the lives of a sexually liberated society flourished. Art, that heaves stones of desire deeper into the realms of magic to watch them splash and ripple back to us, after which we think “maybe we can do that!?” A great culture doesn’t simply deserve great art. A great culture follows from and is a product of great art. If we have only our fears to guide us, we will get the world that those fears produce.

Or, if we have powerful visions of what is desirable & what is possible, then those grounded hopes can guide the aggregation of new institutions, new cultural and social territories. Therefore, this course will explore this question: what is the ""desirable-possible” in the Back Loop? To explore this, the course will use two methods: exploration of case studies from interdisciplinary social theory & science fiction, and the authoring of collaborative stories. The course will be a writing group, reviewing, appreciating, contesting, nurturing, refining and contributing to each other's work over the course of the semester. With good company, this course will not only explore but forge community.

Creator, Images, and Sounds
IDH 3100-003
Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky
Hybrid F | 12:30pm – 3:15pm

In this class, students will learn how to produce a video that reflects the understanding of current events and their own responses to them through the creation of a fictional narrative. They will become creators of images and sounds that capture their own subjective interpretation of problems that local communities are facing today. This class will focus on concept development, image, and sound composition, research, storyboarding, film language, and construction of meaning through the creation of multiple visual layers and sounds during filming and editing as well as all technical aspects (lighting, sound, editing software) required to produce a creative video. Students will collectively explore the aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of images and sounds to evoke emotions and meanings in the viewer. They will research on human-social problems (violence, guns, education, poverty, climate change, addictions, communication, racism, etc.) affecting communities today and develop a video art piece that will question at the same time the audience’s and their own systems of beliefs. Students will develop their capacity to recognize how we create understanding through the production of a video step by step, and how creative and fictional work can address their current social and cultural concerns. This course does not require previous film/art knowledge or experience. You will use a DLSR camera. 

Music and the Emotions/Music and the Screen
IDH 3100-004
Instructor: Raman Sachdev
Hybrid M/W | 2:00pm – 3:15pm

In this course, we'll study and reflect on how music affects us by way of its placement on the screen, i.e. in movies, television shows, documentaries, etc. We'll begin with an overview of the basic structure of popular songs as well as the common genres of today's popular music. We'll investigate the components of musical pieces and how their unique placement in particular scenes on screen moves us in one way (rather than another). While watching a movie and hearing a song in the background, for example, what role does the tempo of that song have on our sensory experience and on our emotional response? Through a combination of scholarship, interactive watching and listening sessions, and group exercises, by the end of the course you will become more knowledgeable about the value of music in our lives and how, in many ways, music makes us who we are.
* *If you're concerned about your level of expertise, have no fear: there are no music education prerequisites for this course. All you'll need is an interest in both music and film as well as a desire to learn more about them. 

The Afterlife in the Ancient World
IDH 3100-005
Instructor: Jeffery Donley
Hybrid T/R | 2:00pm – 3:15pm 

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. 

Students will investigate the four most influential ancient 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. 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. 

Narrative Cartography: Mapping the Stories of Your Life
IDH 3100-006 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Ulluminair Salim
Online M/W | 9:30am – 10:45am

“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, challenging traditional notions of space, place, and structure. Through reading, writing, and multilayered forms of journeying, students will examine manifold ways to tell stories that matter, 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. Topics vary for each class and have included inquiry into the meaning and genesis of students' names, the complexity of family relationships and what it means to grow up, the things that we carry with us during troubled times, and the development of a "soundtrack of your life" and collective playlist. 

When asked what they would tell someone considering the course, one student wrote, "This is one of the most transformative courses I've taken: teaching me about myself and about others. It includes many opportunities to truly be vulnerable and create genuine connections all while learning how to map your journey through different modalities.”

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

This course will explore how in the early 20th century, composers began redefining the concept of instruments and organized sound, in turn redefining music, with modernism, futurism and postmodernism, ultimately leading music into a new era. We will dive head first into Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and its collection of subgenres such as House, Drum n Bass, Dubstep, Trap, and Hardstyle. 

Shakespeare and the Enlightenment: His Life, His Work, His Time
IDH 3100-008
Instructor: David Garrison
Hybrid M/W | 11:00am – 12:15pm

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.

Gender Performance on the Tragic Stage
IDH 3100-009
Instructor: Simon Dutton
Hybrid T/R 12:30pm -1:45pm

This course will explore the representation of sex, gender, and sexuality in Ancient Greece as situated in its historical context. This topic will be explored through readings of poetry, drama, and philosophy to develop critical insight into the cultural practices of early “western” civilization. Simone de Beauvoir criticizes Sigmund Freud’s refusal to “posit the feminine libido in its originality” (The Second Sex, Vintage 2011, 50). She points to his general dismissal of woman and notes that his adoption of the Electra myth is a banal adaptation of the Oedipus complex. Beauvoir suggests that “we will pose the problem of feminine destiny quite differently: we will situate woman in a world of values, and we will lend her behavior a dimension of freedom” (59). In the context of Ancient Greek culture, and through engagement with Classical literature, this is no easy task—but it is the task of this course. Many women held important roles in ancient Greek theatre. These characters, however, were written by men and the roles on stage were performed by men. With due reverence for the beauty of these works and for the strength of such characters as Antigone and Medea, we will examine the problems of these representations. We will critically evaluate the agency afforded to female characters and the motivations imagined through the male gaze. Beyond the stage, we will also read works of epic and lyric poetry. We will consider how Homer phrases gendered virtues in contrast—such as the wise and resilient Odysseus paired with his patient and faithful Penelope. 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 in literature, we will also explore erotic love and, by extension, we will study Greek homosexuality. We will also consider contemporary reception of these themes. For instance, by convention, modern translations of Greek texts tend to artificially insert misogynistic language into the text (as though these texts needed any help in this department). Our contemporary understanding of sex and sexuality in Greek literature has suffered from censorship; and classical texts have more recently been appropriated in sometimes strange and often nefarious ways. 

Race, Racism, and Societal Transformation
IDH 3100-010
Instructor: Omotayo Jolaosho
Hybrid M/W 2:00pm – 3:15pm

This course examines the historical roots and contemporary social, cultural, economic, political, behavioral, and governmental structures underpinning the workings of race and racial inequality in our world. While the focus will primarily be on the United States, we will comparatively examine racialization and efforts to combat racial inequities in other countries including South Africa. We will read the works of humanities scholars, social scientists, feminist theorists, and legal scholars in order to develop critical, working definitions of race and racism that account for change over time, geography, and intersectional vectors of power such as class, age, gender, and sexuality. In addition, we will examine case studies of societal transformation through policy and activism.

Ecopoetics and Environmental Writing 
IDH 3100-011
Instructor: Derek Robbins
Hybrid T/R | 2:00pm – 3:15pm

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 works of ecocriticism and respond to key environmental writings from the work of nineteenth century naturalists to contemporary journalists.

 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.

Germany Beyond the Classroom: Art, Culture, and Identity*
IDH 3100-015
Instructor: Lauren Bartshe
Hybrid T/R | 3:30pm – 4:45pm

*Enrollment restricted to applicants accepted to the Germany study abroad experience. Apply here: https://www.usf.edu/honors/accelerated-programs/study-abroad.aspx

This class will explore the complicated question of what it has meant to be German over the past 150 years. With an eye for developing a nuanced response to this query, we will examine examples from art, literature, music, and film that have both reflected and shaped German identity over the long 20th century, and which relate to the cultural artifacts and experiences students will encounter on their trip abroad. In striving to better understand Germany's people, history, sociopolitical constructs, and relationship to the rest of the world, we will also seek a deeper knowledge of ourselves.

"Germany Beyond the Classroom" is a seminar-style class designed to prepare students for an immersive study abroad experience in Germany. Throughout the semester, students will cultivate their critical thinking and communication skills by playing an active role in leading discussion, conducting research, and engaging in creative projects. Students will concurrently enroll in a zero-credit language studio that will provide a basic foundation for navigating interactions on the ground in Germany [IDH 2930].

 

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research in Science
IDH 3350-001 & IDH 3350-004
Instructor: Michael Cross
(001) Hybrid T/R | 9:30am – 10:45pm
(004) Hybrid T/R | 11:00am – 12:15pm

Natural science is the basis for many applied disciplines including medicine, public health, and engineering. This course uses evidence-based practice, student-centered design, and integrated learning experiences. Regardless of major, you will gain from the methods, practice, and culture of scientific research. This includes literature review, experimental design, and presentation skills required for success in interdisciplinary science research. In addition, you will identify potential research opportunities and meet with researchers in your area of interest. 

Archaeology and the Anthropocene
IDH 3350-002
Instructors: Christopher Kiahtipes & Charles Stanish
Hybrid M/W | 9:30am – 10:45am

The scale and nature of human impacts on Earth’s climate and ecosystems is one of the most pressing issues facing both the scientific community and the public. Many disciplines have recently come together to propose the naming of a new geologic epoch, the ‘Anthropocene’. This course searches for the origins and causes of human-driven environmental changes on the globe in the past and the present. Course lectures and seminar discussions will explore case studies drawn from the scientific literature and use these ideas to assess current events and the popular dialog surrounding climate change. Hands on field and laboratory activities will give students a chance to understand their local environment through the lens of the ‘Anthropocene’. Understanding this scientific work and debate surrounding it will help students negotiate the increasingly complex world that they will face today and in the future.

Science Fiction, Science Fact
IDH 3350-003
Instructor: Kevin Mackay
Hybrid F | 9:30am – 12:15pm

This is a seminar style course exploring facts and fiction in the astronomy media. We will explore a selection of science fiction movies and novels along with Art and popular culture which has an astronomy basis and we will critique the ideas presented. Students will explore what is fact, what is feasible and what is pure fiction and will have the opportunity to express their learning via a class project which may have a scientific or artistic emphasis.

Geology of the National Parks
IDH 3350-005
Instructor: Judy McIlrath
Online T/R | 9:30am – 10:45pm

Why do we have public lands set aside as National Parks? What geologic processes created the variety of landscapes so unique that our predecessors mandated that those landscapes be preserved? In our growing need for natural resources, should we exploit the resources of the parks? Students will have the opportunity to express their learning by researching a national Park of their choice as a term project which may have both a scientific and creative emphasis. An optional field trip to several National Parks, most likely in Arizona, will be a consideration for the enthusiastic!

Natural Hazards
IDH 3350-006
Instructor: Timothy Dixon
Hybrid M/W | 11:00am – 12:00pm

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 two years unprecedented wildfires have devastated parts of California and Australia.

The events described above, despite their obvious differences, 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?

The course will provide a basic understanding of Earth and environmental sciences with a focus on natural hazards and discuss ways society can improve its responses to a range of natural and human-caused hazards to reduce fatalities and costs. For non-science majors, it will also provide an introduction to the scientific method and quantitative analysis.

Creativity & Innovation*
IDH 3350-007
Instructor: Michael Cross
Hybrid R | 2:00pm – 4:45pm
*This course is cross-listed with IDH 4950-007 capstone

This course provides you an exceptional opportunity to investigate innovative and creative thinking in the context of solving a real-world problem in partnership with a community institution. By examining and analyzing the processes and by working on real-world problems, you will discover the habits and processes that lie at the heart of innovation and creativity and have helped make innovators successful in achieving their personal and professional goals.

 

IDH 3400: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Emotions: Experience, Expression, and Understanding
IDH 3400-001
Instructor: Lisa Spinazola
Hybrid T/R | 12:30pm – 1:45pm

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 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 with either Tumblr or Instagram, 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 show how their understanding has changed and/or developed over the course of the semester.

Food, Migration, and Globalization: The American Melting Pot
IDH 3400-002
Instructor: David Jenkins
Hybrid T/R | 3:30pm – 4:45pm

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. This course uses a variety of resources and experiences to look at not only the history of food in America and how various groups eat differently, but also how modern trends are reaching back to our past (in America and beyond) and at the many ways that we all eat the same despite our individual heritage. In this course, food is always an entry-point to talk about other things!

Global Health with People First
IDH 3400-003 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Holly Donahue Singh
Hybrid M/W | 11:00am – 12:15pm

This course introduces students to the general principles and foundations of public health using a global framework and giving particular emphasis to qualitative and mixed methods health research. This approach centers the experiences and perspectives of people who comprise health systems, experience health systems, and face the consequences of policy. 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.

Quebec: A Social Autopsy*
Global Experience
IDH 3400-004
Instructor: Ulluminair Salim
Hybrid M/W | 11:00am – 12:15pm

*Enrollment restricted to applicants accepted to the Quebec study abroad experience. Apply here: https://www.usf.edu/honors/accelerated-programs/study-abroad.aspx

To perform a "social autopsy" requires peeling back the layers of social phenomena and looking beyond the surface to see what lies beneath. Place-based inquiry is a wonderful method for practicing a social autopsy, and this interdisciplinary course will survey contemporary social concerns germane to Quebec, Canada, the only Francophone Provence in North America. Through creative inquiry, students will journey into the worlds of art activism and social justice, identity politics, climate change and environmental justice, immigration and indigeneity, and the political power of humor and performance. We also will investigate additional activist “sites” such as the sports arena, religious and spiritual institutions, jazz, community service, and cinema. *Our desired outcome is to travel abroad for a two-week exploration of three distinct regions in Quebec: Five days in the vibrant metropolis of Montreal, two days at Foret Montmorency which is the largest teaching and research forest in the world, and four days journeying through the cobblestone streets of Quebec City. However, if we are unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, Dr. Salim and Bon Vivant Tours have planned a series of virtual experiences to transport students to sites of study. Such sites include woman-of-color owned bookstore Librairie Racines, a culinary workshop with Madame Germaine, a masterclass with Hip Hop artist and activist Webster, and a walking tour of Old Quebec.

Health, Illness, and Society
IDH 3400-005 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Nana Tuntiya
Online M/W | 11:00am – 12:15pm

How do people define health or illness? These concepts have much importance to us personally, but they also carry social meaning tied to individuals’ status and behavior as well as the attitudes toward them from fellow citizens. Similarly, medicine is more than a science, it is also a social institution that is built on human relationships and fulfills important societal needs. This discussion-based course will explore illness subjectivity, social and cultural determinants of health, doctor-patient interaction, stigmatization of chronic and mental illness, and the development of a new vision of health as an all-encompassing wellness phenomenon. In the end we might find that good health is much more than our own need or interest, it’s a profoundly social experience rooted in specific cultural and temporal frameworks.

Memory, Monuments, and Memorials
IDH 3400-007
Instructor: Adolfo Lagomasino
Hybrid T/R | 8:00am – 9:15am

What do we remember, why and how? Public memory is a broad, interdisciplinary field dealing with the phenomenon of collective identity and history. This course studies the phenomenon of memorialization and the ways in which memorials are designed and used to extol individuals or movements, preserve values and beliefs, or honor lives lost. The past is brought into the present when we remember, but what we remember and how impacts our sense of self, culture and country. Considering that memorials are "live spaces" this class will explore the sociological factors of public memory, the architectural design of memorials, and the phenomenological experience of visiting memorials (or spaces of cultural importance) both in person and virtually. Upon analyzing existing memorials regarding what is remembered, how, and the ways in which it impacts our collective identity, students will design and propose alterations to existing sites, or future memorials or commemorative places.

Inconspicuous Racialization in Cultural Expressions
IDH 3400-008
Instructor: Linda Tavernier-Almada
Hybrid T/R | 3:30pm – 4:45pm

In this class, the focus will be on how racism occurs not only in policy, violence, and physical oppression, but also in subtle cultural formulas, such as sculptures, painting, and even architecture. Students will learn how inconspicuous, yet potently disparaging, cultural expressions serve to manipulate members of both the oppressor and the oppressed groups. Students will learn to discover for themselves the subtle marginalizing messages currently hidden in the world that surrounds them.

The Art of War: Game Theory, Foreign Policy, and the Struggle for Peace
IDH 3400-009
Instructor: Camara Silver
Hybrid T/R 11:00am – 12:15pm 

Why do States acquire nuclear weapons? Why do states go to war? The Art of War is an interdisciplinary class that is aimed at understanding the foreign policy decision-making process. The course focuses on why decisionmakers choose a particular policy rather than proposing the design and implementation of prescriptions. Students will learn about the prisoner dilemma, the security dilemma, and ration-choice theory approaches to understanding foreign policy decisions. Moreover, this class will explore the critics of game theory. The course will examine the primary sources of incentives, constraints, and preferences on foreign policy decision-making in general and concerning specific questions such as the use of economic sanctions.

This class will intersect with economics, business, political science, and international relations. This class will be project-based, which will consist of students participating in mock trial international conflicts.

Human Rights and Access to Justice
IDH 3400-010
Instructor: Alma Dedic-Sarenkapa
Hybrid T/R 9:30am – 10:45pm

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 look into this concept and its relationship to human rights and social justice. This relationship can be examined from different perspectives such as equal or unequal opportunities, privileges, and economic justice. We will also study different models of access to justice and human rights standards that are linked to them, in particular as seen through the lens of recent events around the world – how did they shape access to justice and human rights in general? Students will have an opportunity to learn about human rights protection through specific case studies, facilitated discussions, and student-led workshops.

Supporting Grants for Community Empowerment*
IDH 3400-011
Instructor: Peter Cannon
Online T | 5:00pm – 7:45pm
*This course is cross-listed with IDH 4950-011"Grant Writing for Community Empowerment"

This course explores the fundamental importance of grants for non-profit organizations. (1) Students will identify and assess a target community challenge, making use of three methods of community assessment: field observation, key informant interviews, and secondary data sources. (2) Students will learn how to research/identify prospective funders for grant proposals. (3) Students will support the development and writing of a grant proposal suitable for submission and funding to address a need in the community in collaboration with a community non-profit 501(c)3 agency/organization or as a result of the community assessment.

Students will take part in a community engaged learning opportunity (CEL). CEL combines community service with academic instruction. It pairs service tasks with structured opportunities that link the tasks to reflection, self discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of knowledge, values, and skills. A successful CEL experience changes both the student and the recipient of the service. In the classroom component of this course, you will learn the fundamentals of grant writing. Outside of the classroom, you will work with community agencies and capstone students to support the development of a grant proposal suitable for submission. Grant writing skills are applicable to all academic disciplines. 

IDH 3600: Seminar in Applied Ethics

Biomedical Ethics
IDH 3600-001 &
IDH 3600-002
[this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: John Dormois
(001) Hybrid T/R | 8:00am – 9:15am
(002) Hybrid T/R | 9:30am – 10:45am (restricted to 7-year med students, contact Mr. Mejias)

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.

Ethics in Medical Research
IDH 3600-003 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: David Diamond
Hybrid M | 2:00pm – 4:45pm 

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 topics, and then summarize the research in an engaging discussion with the class through the use of a PowerPoint presentation.

Why Do Bad Things Happen? Religious Traditions and the Problem of Evil
IDH 3600-004
Instructor: Raman Sachdev
Hybrid M/W | 3:30pm – 4:45pm 

In this course, we will explore a selection of culturally and theistically distinct traditions. Through a variety of media, e.g. documentary films, canonical scriptures, and contemporary scholarship, we'll learn about the place of God, the gods, and/or religion in explaining the problem of evil. One question we'll investigate, among others, is "If God is omnibenevolent (all good), why do bad things happen?" By the end of the semester, you will gain an appreciation for the variety of religious traditions around the world and how they respectively deal with some of the most fundamental and age-old moral dilemmas and paradoxes.

The Power of One: Ethics in 19th Century Global Literature
IDH 3600-005
Instructor: Jeffery Donley
Hybrid T/R | 12:30pm – 1:45pm 

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.

From seven geographical countries, thirteen authors and perspectives, students will analyze the Power of One global ethic along with other themes of the following nineteenth century masterworks and films made from them: from England Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843), H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine (1895) & The War of the Worlds (1897), and Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), from Ireland Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), from America Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851), Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur (1880), and Louis May Alcott’s Little Women (1868/69), from Russia Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Karamazov Brothers (1879/80), from France Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable (1862), from Germany Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust (1806/29), and from Scotland 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 such as: poverty, the homeless, the orphaned, greed, determinism, social justice/human rights, class conflicts, the existential theme of the meaning of life, justice/injustice, prostitution, human rights, thievery, political resistance, free will, obsession, revenge, the limits of knowledge, good vs. evil, the supremacy of youth & beauty, innocence, appearances, sexual harassment and abuse, art & morality, the negative exercise of influence, anti-semitism, forgiveness and the “other,” identity, change, technology and modernization, female independence versus submission, the role of women. 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.

The American Revolution: Ethics in a Time of World War, 1776
IDH 3600-006
Instructor: Jeffery Donley
Hybrid M/W | 12:30pm – 1:45pm

 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. 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 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. Students will analysis, wrestle with, and make conclusions to the following two questions. 1) As British retaliation continued, did people of all classes and means (including women and slaves), feel a slight to their personal honor which provided the ethical argument to break their oaths to King George III? 2) Was this the beginning of the revolutionary movement to elevate the ethic of national honor above personal honor through commitment and sacrifice? Students will read primary sources that will provide them with insights which may be relevant in our current political situation which is experiencing ethical and virtuous challenges across many spectrums.

The Whitewashing of Black Music
IDH 3600-007
Instructor: Calvin Falwell
Hybrid M/W | 9:30am – 10:45am

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.

 Building the Future: Environmental and Technological Transformations
IDH 3600-008
Instructor: Gregory McCreery
Hybrid M/W | 9:30am – 10:45am

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.

Authoritarianism, Policing, and Civil Disobedience
IDH 3600-009
Instructor: Gregory McCreery
Hybrid M/W | 11:00am – 12:15pm

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 via kinds of resistance that have the potential to transform oppressive conditions and the governments that uphold them.

Communism, Fascism, and Democracy:
Theoretical Foundations and Contemporary Use and Abuse

IDH 3600-010
Instructor: David Garrison
Hybrid M/W | 12:30pm – 1:45pm

"Communism," "Fascism," "Socialism," "Nationalism," "Patriotism," "Democracy," and "Capitalism" are terms that are bandied about with some abandon. Everyone seems to have a vague notion of what they mean, but we often use them in incoherent and even contradictory ways. These concepts and terms become increasingly important during election cycles that seem to be lasting longer and becoming more polarizing and vitriolic. In this course, we will attempt to come to grips with some of the most important "isms" of contemporary politics by examining both their theoretical, historical, and cultural foundations, but also how they have evolved and changed in different social, political, and economic environments.

Physicians of the Soul: Medicine, Philosophy, and the Good Life
IDH 3600-011; [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Benjamin Scott Young
Hybrid T/R | 12:30pm – 1:45pm

The origins of medicine and philosophy are deeply connected. This is true not only in the Western traditions, but in many cultural and intellectual settings throughout the world. Moreover, not only is the historical development of philosophy and medicine inseparably interwoven, but they share a common motivation—and so also a common intellectual and emotional pattern. This motivation might best be expressed simply as “care for well-being.” Medicine cares for the well-being of the body and philosophy cares for the well-being of thoughts, beliefs, and experience. Both traditions struggle to articulate what “well-being” means for human beings—body and mind—and both develop methods and procedures by which to remedy and avoid identifiable pathologies and errors.

Furthermore, like the analogy that Plato’s Socrates draws in Protagoras, whereby he imagines the similarities between those who care for the body—physicians—and those who care for the soul—philosophers (i.e., “physicians of the soul”)—the one who participates in the cultivation of culture might be thought of as a “physician of culture.” Both the body and the mind are experienced through the inherited cultural constellation of ideas, practices, and concerns that have shaped our lives from birth. To examine, compare, appreciate, and critique these inherited cultural ideas participates too in that same care for well-being.

Despite having been “thrown,” as it were, into an always already on-going constellation of cultural traditions, each of us is also always in the position to evaluate these, select some, discard others, and create still more. This process of evaluation and creativity with regards to the question of what sort of life is most worth of our love and striving might be summed up as: the question and quest for the good life. Therefore, our aim in this course is, ultimately, to draw on both philosophy and medicine—historical and contemporary—to enable us cultivate answers to the everyday practical and existential question about what it means for each of us to live a good and choiceworthy life with regards to mind, body, and culture.

Citizen Walkers
IDH 3600-012
Instructor: Adam Davidson
Hybrid T/R | 3:30pm – 4:45pm

This course explores the political, economic, ethical, and social impact(s) of the mundane and everyday practice of walking. [NOTE: if your primary mode of personal transportation includes wheels in place of or along with your feet, you are welcome and encouraged to join this class.] Marching for justice, raising money for cancer, seeking spiritual healing, calling attention to climate change, and maintaining physical fitness all attest to the power and importance of walking in our lives and societies. Through embodied practice (walking), theoretical analysis (performing scholarly research and collaboration), and personal reflection (creatively expressing and documenting our experiences), 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 our selves and our communities.

For this course, you do not have to be physically present on campus or in the city of Tampa. In fact, exploring your “home community” may be advantageous as long as you have access to outdoor spaces - whether your neighborhood, urban center, or local park. No particular landscape or outdoor space is inherently better than another. 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. We will take advantage of the hybrid modality of instruction, utilizing in-person and online gatherings, along with self-guided exploration of the material. A cellphone or other photo/video recording device is required.

IDH 4200: Geographic Perspectives

Health and History
IDH 4200-001 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Andrea Vianello
Hybrid T/R | 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Health care has for centuries been a major concern of societies around the globe. From 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 provides an exciting perspective with lessons valid even today. As humans change the environment ever more and reach unprecedented demographic levels, old and new foes return: diseases previously considered defeated adapt and (re-) emerge, creating widespread disruption.

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. We 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 new health challenges. 

Global Perspectives – Post World War II History & The Concurrent Evolution of Television
IDH 4200-002 R | 9:30am – 12:15pm
IDH 4200-019 W| 8:00am – 10:45am
Instructor: Daniel Ruth
Hybrid 

This course will explore the role of television and eventually social media platforms in covering the arc of history from the end of World War II to the present day. The purpose of this class is to give students a better understanding of how society's views and knowledge of news shapes their own grasp of the world around them. Television, for better or worse, is the foremost window through which the public is exposed to world events. This class will endeavor to provide students with a better appreciation of the power of the camera to educate and mold public opinion. 

Geographies of Transformation
IDH 4200-003
Instructor: Alan Bush
Online M/W | 3:30pm – 4:45pm 

“The future is already here; it just arrives unevenly.” The effect of climate change transformations is quite uneven across geographies. Some, like the high Andean Communities of Peru, are the canary in the coal mine that offers an early warning of the transformations that will affect us all. You may have heard the curse: “may you live in interesting times,” and the ecological transformations of this era indeed make these interesting times. As denizens of Tampa, residents of Florida, and as global citizens, it is imperative that we understand how to provide leadership around the peril and possibility of this era.

The objective of this course twofold. The first is to aid students in developing the capacity to chart these geographies-in-transformation across the global, exploring questions around how ecosystems, patterns of human settlement, livelihoods, and culture are transforming as a result of climate change. The second to support students’ engagement in their own communities’ transformation: to understand what it means to live and participate within transforming landscapes, and how to participate in the adaption & development resilient communities. 

Global Perspectives on Comedy
IDH 4200-004
Instructor: David Jenkins
Hybrid M/W | 2:00pm – 3:15pm 

From the plays of Aristophanes to Sacha Baron Cohen's This is America, comedy has been used as a form of entertainment and a tool for critique. This course takes both a global and historical approach to how comedy works (or doesn't). Students will develop a firm theoretical and critical foundation before applying those tools to specific comedic artifacts from the past and present. This course draws on continental philosophy, communication theory, performance studies, critical cultural studies, and sociology. Comedy is fraught, the idea that it's all "just jokes" doesn't remove the potential for unintended consequences, and so by examining it from multiple perspectives students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the greater world we inhabit.

Healing and Everyday Crises in South Asia
IDH 4200-005 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Holly Donahue Singh
Hybrid T/R | 9:30am – 10:45am

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.

Experience Japan - from Hospitals to Hospitality (Omotenashi)
IDH 4200-006 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Astuko Sakai
Hybrid M/W | 11:00am – 12:15pm

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. *Please note that students who take this course will not be eligible to apply for the future Honors Japan trip(s).

Arab Literature, Culture & Film
IDH 4200-007
Instructor: Raja Benchekroun
Hybrid T/R | 9:30am – 10:45am

This course is an introduction to Arab Literature, Culture, and Film. Students will be introduced to new Arab perspectives and principles in today's Middle East and North Africa, from social and family values in everyday life, gender roles, education and an overview of religious and political affiliations. The course will provide an equitable amount of past and contemporary views, influential writers, speakers, novelists and musicians in the Middle East and North Africa. We will similarly cover the challenges that Arabs are facing to identify as a Muslim, Arab Muslim, and Arab Non-Muslim in today's world. 

Beasts and Burdens: Survival, Imagination, and the Politics of Risk in the (Global) South
IDH 4200-008 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Ulluminair Salim
Hybrid T | 11:00am – 1:45pm 

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

Beasts and Burdens 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 women and children across the globe. This course will leverage audio, video, imagery, and narrative as windows into the social imaginary.

Several questions animate this course including the following: 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 this course privileges the stories and lived experiences of women and children of the (global) south because they often are silent and/or silenced in academic spaces, it welcomes students of all gender identities.

Archaeology of Food
IDH 4200-009 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Davide Tanasi
Hybrid M/W | 9:30am – 10:45am

From Prehistory through the information age, food has been the foundation of economies. Dating back to 100 CE, Roman poet Juvenal measured popular support for the emperor by his ability to provide “bread and circuses”, and now even in 2020, debate rages in the U.S. about who is impoverished enough to receive food stamps. The consumption of food is an unbroken reality of human history. It has touched everyone regardless of age, gender, race, class, or nationality. Despite this continuity of consumption, much has changed from how the ancient Romans baked their bread to how we purchase ours at the nearest Publix. 

Using written, iconographic and archaeological sources combined with contributions from biomolecular chemistry, this course will focus on material culture of food (aka materiality of food) in ancient Mediterranean and European societies. Through a series of case studies from Prehistory to Late Antiquity, we will highlight the funerary, religious, economic and political importance of food as instrument to reinforce social bonds, to defuse tensions, to negotiate truces, to advance agendas and to make propaganda. The diachronic approach will allow us to assess how the role of food changed over time, in that part of the ancient world, becoming richer in cultural significance.

Community Health Initiatives*
IDH 4200-010 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Lindy Davidson
Hybrid M/W | 9:30am – 10:45am

The World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are all internationally recognized organizations working on global health concerns around the world. Health and wellness must be examined locally, though, and small, grass-roots, community organizations do significant work that is often overlooked in reviews of global health efforts. In this course, students will learn about the work of two small community health organizations working in specific communities, one in the Dominican Republic, and the other a partnership between community organizers in Cameroon and West Africans living in Florida. During the class, students will work with the organizations to learn about their approaches to health, collaborate on a project, and share their work with others.

*Students accepted for the May 2021 Dominican Republic Service Trip will have priority enrollment.

Women in the Middle East
IDH 4200-011
Instructor: Nazek Jawad
Online T/R | 3:30pm – 4:45pm

Women have been central to the political history between the Middle East and the West. The region of the Middle East has been perceived and understood by the West through gender relations and gender representations. This course is set to examine the gendered representations of the Middle East and analyze the political implications of such representations. The course offers a systematic reading of how the political and cultural structures of both colonialism and anti-colonialist nationalist movements informed feminine and masculine identities. The inter-dynamics of Islamism, globalization, and neoliberalism in various countries in the region, including, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and Iraq will be discussed, in addition to the role of women in social movements and recent uprisings.

Religions in Caribbean Cultures: Santeria, Candomblé, Vodou, Rastafarian
IDH 4200-012
Instructor: Linda Tavernier-Almada
Hybrid T/R | 2:00pm – 3:15pm 

In this course, we take an interdisciplinary look at the culture of African-root religious traditions in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Brazil, and Cuba. We seek to understand these religious traditions through their cultural expression in music, ritual ceremonies, and community formation. At semester's end, students will have a genuine understanding of various longstanding nonwestern cultural religious traditions. Students will also have a broader to understanding of how African-root religious traditions fit into the global community, and what issues are facing those who practice those traditions?

Collaborative Service-Learning in Ghana: Transforming Spectators into Problem-Solvers
IDH 4200-013
Instructor: Elizabeth Doone
Hybrid T/R | 2:00pm – 3:15pm

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.

Bollywood: Nation, Desire, and Modernity Through Sounds and Images of Indian Cinema
IDH 4200-014
Instructor: Angsumala Tamang
Hybrid R | 2:00pm – 4:45pm

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 with all academic matters, a little probing proves otherwise. In other words, Bollywood does not imply all films from the Indian film industry, but a type of film produced by the film industry in Mumbai that includes elaborate song-and-dance extravaganza. Likewise, Bollywood has also come to stand for melodrama and sheer entertainment with its global viewers voraciously consuming Bollywood films, humming songs, emulating dance moves, and repeating dialogues.

So how does this genre 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 of coloniality, postcolonialism, globalization, nationalism, and modernity in South Asia with readings of gender, caste, class, religion, minority representation, and diaspora as portrayed in Bollywood films. In addition, by incorporating works on film studies, culture studies, and ethnomusicology, we will examine how Bollywood as part of the popular media represents a repository of “imagined worlds” that shapes, generates, and re-generates images of “Indianness” to a worldwide audience. Lastly, this course will include a brief study of regional cinema to afford students a comparative viewpoint of influences and varieties that constitute the broader category of cinema in India. 

Contemporary Russia and Eurasia: Political Changes in post-Soviet Era?
IDH 4200-018
Instructor: Arman Mahmoudian
Hybrid T/R | 3:30pm – 4:45pm

The collapse of the Red Empire brought a great deal of hope to the international community for the future of peace and democracy in the world. Today's emerging crisis between Russia and the West proves that we were over-optimistic in the positive impact of the Soviet Union's fall. This course's primary objective will be discussing why the global crisis we hoped would never happen again is here!

In this course, we will take an analytical look at the socio-political changes in Russia and Eurasia (Central Asia and East Europe) after the collapse of the Soviet Union and explore how some nations successfully established democracies and why others failed.

We will also study significant conflicts in the region at three levels of analysis in international affairs. At the "local-level," we will seek to understand the Chechnya wars as a religious-ethnic conflict. At the "regional-level," we will analyze the "Russia-Georgia war." At the "international level," we will study the chain of development in the Russo-Ukrainian War.

Health Hermeneutics: Global Perspectives on Environments & Cultures of Well-being
IDH 4200-020 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Benjamin Scott Young
Hybrid T/R | 11:00am – 12:15pm

This interdisciplinary course explores the meaning of “health” and its expression in cultures and environments that aim at cultivating human well-being. We will explore different personal and social contexts to examine the way that these shape and animate understanding and experience. Along the way, we will become familiar with contemporary research programs within the Medical Humanities and compare these to understandings of health and human flourishing from cultures and places—contemporary and historical—from around the globe. Our aim will be to explore the existential implications of all these possibilities of human flourishing.

Transitional Justice
IDH 4200-021
Instructor: Alma Dedic-Sarenkapa
Hybrid T/R | 11:00am – 12:15pm

In the realm of international politics, countries in transition from an authoritarian regime to democracy or from war to peace often face multiple transitions and different challenges, for instance, the challenge of overcoming past abuses of human rights such as political executions, ethnic cleansing, or mass murder. Such societies at times reach for transitional justice mechanisms to redress past atrocities and human rights violations. Transitional justice mechanisms consist of judicial and non-judicial measures, including truth-seeking mechanisms, reparation programs, and institutional reforms. This complex set of measures if applied in countries 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 from around the world. Yet, together we will reach even further and look into our own society and communities we live in. What can we learn from societies in transition? Can we apply such measures and experiences in our own society and communities? In this course, students will practice how to bridge the gap between academic concepts, and implementation in a complex environment (such as conflict-sensitive and/or divided communities) using problem-solving skills. This course may be of particular interest to students in the field of law, politics, international relations, psychology, sociology, criminology, planning, history, and ethics. Through a series of thematic sessions, case studies, workshops, round table discussions from the human rights and political perspectives this course is designed to also enhance students' critical thinking, and teamwork.

An Invisible but Large Population: Haitians in Florida*
IDH 4200-022
Instructor: Linda Tavernier-Almada
Hybrid T/R | 5:00pm – 6:15pm
*This course is cross-listed with IDH 4950-005

In the late 1950s and1960s, Floridians saw the first wave of a population known as Haitians. The members of this first wave of Haitian immigrants were from affluent families. Most were well educated and spoke primarily French as a first language, and they had a combination of French and Creole cultural mannerism. Many of them were doctors, lawyers, fleeing a dictator who had murdered their family members and friends. The majority of them had travel to the US legally by plane. Later, in the late 1980s and the 1990s, another wave of Haitians came to Florida. Most of those arrived through illegal boating charters and were often referred to as “boat people.” This group consisted mostly of an uneducated or minimally educated population. They spoke primarily Creole, but some spoke a broken French. These two groups are relatively different from each other, and both groups are fundamentally culturally different from African Americans. However, in Florida, the cultural diversity of these two Haitian groups is often ignored, and most importantly, the groups are typically classified as African Americans, or in some cases as whites or Latino. In this course, students will work through the interdisciplinary prisms of cultural anthropology and African Diaspora studies to research and analyze how false assignments of Haitian identity affects the Haitian people's daily experiences in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. Students will be the researchers who will shine a light on this ignored and often misunderstood community. This is a service-learning course, which provides students with both community engagement and rich cultural knowledge.

IDH 4930: Special Topics in Honors

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

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: Capstone (PERMIT REQUIRED)

ALL CAPSTONES REQUIRE A PERMIT. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A PERMIT.

Seminar in Civic Literacy and Current Events

IDH 4950-001
Instructor: Daniel Ruth
Hybrid T | 9:30am – 12:15pm

This class is designed to give students an enhanced understanding of world events and civic institutions that influence our lives. Having a better grasp of the swirling news events that occur every day is essential to becoming a more engaged citizen. To that end, students will be required to read a daily newspaper as well as follow other informational platforms from television, to NPR, to social media. This course will include a weekly news quiz. Students will also participate in weekly team presentations exploring in-depth some aspect of current events and/or various civic institutions. It is said that the journalism that goes into reporting the news is, in fact, the first draft of history. The goals of this course are two-fold. First, students will become better informed and thus more aware of stories that form their world view. Second, students will gain a keener appreciation of the journalistic challenges associated with keeping them informed.

This class will also require a Capstone writing project of about 3,000 words. The topic will be a reflection on how news events over the course of the student’s life have served to shape and influence their world view

Leadership in the Back Loop
IDH 4950-002
Instructor: Alan Bush
Online M/W | 9:30am – 10:45am 

May you live in interesting times: ecological collapse, political upheaval, social change, economic upheaval. Predictions of each expect that life for gen Z is going to be characterized conditions that are volatile, paths that will be uncertain, moral choices that will be ambiguous. We are entering what is termed in Complexity Science as the Back Loop, a period of release & reconfiguration. It will be rough. And, the possibility of building far more fulfilling lives and more vibrant society and lives than your parents experienced is possible.

The meaning and styles of effective leadership changes in the Back Loop. The study of resilient communities & effective organizations in dynamic markets reveals that leadership is better thought of as a property that emerges from relationships, not people. In complexity, “we” can lead, not I. This course will introduce you to first the science and then the art of leading in complexity, help you develop the habits of mind and action of an effective leader during changing times, and offer settings to practice.

This course is for students that are interested to explore non-traditional ways to inhabit leadership, particularly if traditional conceptions of leadership do not speak to you.

Healthcare Research: Quality Makes Cents
IDH 4950-003
Instructor: Donna Ettel
Hybrid T | 2:00pm – 4:45pm

What ethical and legal obligations do hospitals have to patients? What challenges and issues arise while conducting healthcare quality projects? How are quality of care and cost of delivery related? Using literature (Foucault's The Birth of the Clinic, Gawande's Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, and others) and film (The English Surgeon, Malice, and others), this course purposes to instill the knowledge of community needs through cultural enlightenment, interdisciplinary practices, and real-life experience. This course will primarily focus on clinical outcomes, process change, and emphasizes analysis of the patient care process to identify specific interventions. 

Perspectives in Performing Arts Healthcare
IDH 4950-004 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Nancy Burns
Hybrid F | 8:00am – 10:45am

Performing artists are individuals who engage in creative and artistic activity as discipline and career that includes dance, music, drama, and other expressive arts. Identifying the occupational risks affecting performing artist is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study among artists, educators, and healthcare professionals.

In this course, performing artists will be framed as workers whose occupational craft (dancing, playing music, singing, etc.) is their employment. Students will be introduced to the values and culture of performing artists and learn health concerns among this population. 

An Invisible but Large Population: Haitians in Florida
IDH 4950-005
Instructor: Linda Tavernier-Almada
Hybrid T/R | 5:00pm – 6:15pm

 In the late 1950s and1960s, Floridians saw the first wave of a population known as Haitians. The members of this first wave of Haitian immigrants were from affluent families. Most were well educated and spoke primarily French as a first language, and they had a combination of French and Creole cultural mannerism. Many of them were doctors, lawyers, a dictator who had murdered their family members and friends. The majority of them had travel to the US legally by plane. Later, in the late 1980 and the 1990s, another wave of Haitians came to Florida. Most of those arrived through illegal boating charters and were often referred to as “boat people.” This group consisted mostly of an uneducated or minimally educated population. They spoke primarily Creole, but some spoke a broken French. These two groups are relatively different from each other, and both groups are fundamentally culturally different from African Americans. However, in Florida, the cultural diversity of these two Haitians groups is often ignored, and most importantly, the groups are typically classified as African Americans, or in some cases as whites or Latino. In this course, students will work through the interdisciplinary prisms of cultural anthropology and African Diaspora studies to research and analyze how false assignments of Haitian identity affects the Haitian people's daily experiences in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. Students will be the researchers who will shine a light on this ignored and often misunderstood community. This is a service-learning course, which provides students with both community engagement and rich cultural knowledge.

How to Make History
IDH 4950-006
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins
Hybrid F | 9:30am – 12:15pm

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that “We are made by history,” emphasizing the importance of historical events and narratives in constructing our understanding of the world and ourselves. Many of us might think of History – the academic discipline - as little more than a sequence of objective facts, a chronological list of important names, dates, and battles. In reality, history – as a lived experience – is much more personal and intimate. It is experienced every day, by every individual. Events, from the mundane to momentous, are experienced and remembered by people, recorded by some, and passed along to future generations, hopefully for their edification.

This course will focus on how History might shape our identity as residents of the Tampa Bay area, with an emphasis on the process by which History is made, and the role that we might play – as students, researchers, and practitioners – in making history ourselves. In partnership with the St. Pete Beach Public Library, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, and the Pinellas Memory project, this Honors Capstone course will provide students with hands-on experience in: recording oral histories, producing documentary photography, digitizing visual and print artifacts, cataloguing and creating a historical archive, and developing an exhibition/program of their work. Our goal will be to digitize and add to the collection of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, and to contribute our work to the Pinellas Memory online archive of historical artifacts. This is a service-learning course, meaning that we integrate community service with guided reflection into the curriculum to enhance and enrich student learning of course material. PLEASE NOTE: Several classes during the semester take place off-campus, on beautiful Pass-a-Grille beach in Pinellas County. Off-campus classes begin promptly at 9:30 and last until 12:15. Students must provide their own transportation and ensure that they leave enough time in their schedule for travel.


Creativity & Innovation
IDH 4950-007
Instructor: Michael Cross
Hybrid R | 2:00pm – 4:45pm

This course provides you an exceptional opportunity to investigate innovative and creative thinking in the context of solving a real-world problem in partnership with a community institution. By examining and analyzing the processes by working on real-world problems, you will discover the habits and processes that lie at the heart of innovation and creativity and have helped make innovators successful in achieving their personal and professional goals.

Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
IDH 4950-008 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Holly Donahue Singh
Hybrid T | 2:00pm – 4:45pm

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.

Connections: Mental Healthcare, Community Engagement, and Art
IDH 4950-009 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins
Online W | 2:00pm – 4:45pm

(Restricted to accepted applicants, see link in description below.)

In this collaboration between the USF 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 patients 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. This class will be fully online. Due to high demand, an application process is used to select students for this course. For full consideration, students should apply by October 24; decisions will be given by October 30.

APPLY HERE: https://forms.gle/s6Ugvj7EcmuhHWzp7

Spatial Effects: Places for Healing and Wellbeing
IDH 4950-010 [this course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) pathway; it is open to all Honors students]
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai
Hybrid M/W | 9:30am – 10:45am

In this Medical Humanities course, we will explore the phenomenology of architecture and look at the effects that architecture and the greater environment can have on humans where they congregate including for work, healthcare, education, and emergency medical situations. Most people take their surroundings for granted without realizing how important design can be to our daily routines, behavior and mental state—often unconsciously, and that good design can contribute in a positive way to our feelings and healing because the ultimate goal of spatial design is the embodiment of human experience. We will learn the history of hospital design and investigate spatial designs for care, healing, and wellbeing. In order to examine both human factors and environmental factors, we will be actively exchanging ideas on a variety of topics including: nature and biophilia; neuroscience and environmental psychology; disability and accessibility; mental health; diseases and disasters; and architectural design elements (e.g., lighting, color, & texture).

Grant Writing for Community Empowerment
IDH 4950-011
Instructor: Peter Cannon
Online T | 5:00pm – 7:45pm

This course explores the fundamentals of grant writing. (1) Students will identify and assess a target community challenge, making use of three methods of community assessment: field observation, key informant interviews, and secondary data sources. (2) Students will learn how to research/identify prospective funders for grant proposals. (3) Students will develop and write a grant proposal suitable for submission and funding to address a need in the community in collaboration with a community non-profit 501(c)3 agency/organization or as a result of the community assessment.

Students will take part in a community engaged learning opportunity (CEL). CEL combines community service with academic instruction. It pairs service tasks with structured opportunities that link the tasks to reflection, self discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of knowledge, values, and skills. A successful CEL experience changes both the student and the recipient of the service. In the classroom component of this course, you will learn the fundamentals of grant writing. Outside of the classroom, you will work with community agencies to develop a grant proposal suitable for submission. Grant writing skills are applicable to all academic disciplines. 

Visual Narratives: Tampa’s Stories and Histories
IDH 4950-012
Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky
Hybrid F | 9:30am – 12:15pm 

An exploration of how to produce a short documentary to re-tell the stories of our community in a meaningful and reflective way. Emphasis is on documentary/film language, concept development, narrative structures, how to interview participants, as well as all the production stages (pre-production, production, post-production) and technical aspect required to produce a documentary. Students will make a short documentary. 

This course does not require previous film knowledge or experience. You will use your smartphone to shoot.

Digital Video
IDH 4950-013
Instructor: James Hatten
Hybrid W | 12:30pm – 3:15pm

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.

Honors Thesis

IDH 4970-001 & 002
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai
Online 3 credits each semester

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.

Additional options for all three campuses 

Honors Internship

IDS 3947-112
Instructor: Lindy Davidson
Online 0-3 credits

Students who have secured an internship and cannot receive internship credit through their major department may enroll in the honors internship course. This course is designed to help students make the most of their internship experience through guided reflections and support for articulating their experiences for future employers, graduate/professional programs, and personal statements. Students will receive transcript credit for enrolling in this S/U course, and enrollment hours will not count towards excess credit hours. This course does not count towards honors requirements. For more information, contact an honors advisor. Permit required.