Honors Course Archive

Autumn 2011

ARCH 350 D: Architecture of the Ancient World (VLPA)

SLN 10314 (View UW registration info »)

Louisa M. Iarocci (Architecture)
Phone: 206 221-6046
Credits: 5
Limit: 20 students

Students must also register for ARCH 350 DA, F 10:30-11:50.

ADD CODE REQUIRED. Available in MGH 211 starting May 2, 2011.

Architectural history in the Western world from beginnings to AD 550.

ART 140 F: Honors Photography (VLPA)

SLN 10372 (View UW registration info »)

Hanita Schwartz (Art)
Credits: 5
Limit: 20 students

Digital camera with a minimum 3 Megapixel capacity and 512 MB memory card is required.


Introduction to theory, techniques, and processes of still photography. Projects stress the visual and creative potential of the medium.

ART 140 is an introduction to the theory, techniques and processes of still photography with a DIGITAL CAMERA, which IS required. Course content will emphasize photography's potential for self-expression and creative problem solving in an artistic context. Image output will include digital prints and on-line presentation.

Course content will be delivered through slide lectures, demonstrations, field trips, workshops, discussion, work reviews and consultations. Lab work will be largely comprised of digital image processing and basic on-line presentation.

Please IGNORE the camera requirement description in the Official course description (http://www.washington.edu/students/crscat/art.html#art140). Instead, a digital camera with a minimum 3 Megapixel capacity and 512 MB memory card is required. Digital cameras are also available for check-out from CSS in Kane Hall. You will spend approximately $50 on printing your images; commercial printing facilities will be utilized.

Each student will complete photographic projects (both on-line and in print form), submit a written review and participate in group reviews. Each assignment is designed to stimulate consideration of a specific conceptual approach but may be realized with a range of creative solutions.

Assessment is ongoing throughout the quarter. Regular group reviews of your photographic assignments are a valuable and essential component of this class. Evaluation will be based upon the conceptual development / adventurousness of your ideas and technical progress.

In addition to the merit of your photographic work, assessment will also be based upon your level of contribution to discussion, your written review and your on-line contributions as reflections of engagement and critical thinking.

Also, refer to the School of Art guidelines for assessment criteria, which will be handed out in class.

Honors 210 A: The Queerness of Love (VLPA)

SLN 14779 (View UW registration info »)

Richard Block (Germanics)
Office: 240 Denny Hall, Box 353130
Phone: 206 543-8640
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

Cross-listed with GERMAN 390 A.

The words "I love you" may come from the heart, but they are nonetheless a citation, even a cliche. What the heart would speak is no more than a commonplace. Utterances of love, it might be said, are always already somebody's else's. What is dearest and most heartfelt is thus rendered wholly unoriginal and certainly not one's own. The nature of love is thus self-estrangement; the lover, if (s)he truly is in love, can be nothing other than queer. But queer is not an easy term to define. If the term is embedded in the politics of gender, just as certainly does queer describe a relationship in which lover and loved do not relate. They remain inexplicably something "other" to each other and to themselves.

In this course, we will attempt to trace the limits and possibilities of queer love. Is it the absolute form of love Plato describes in the "Symposium"? Or, is it merely mimetic and impossibly narcissistic as Shakespeare suggests in A Midsummer Night's Dream? For tentative answers to these questions we will also look at texts by Johann Goethe, Thomas Mann, and Roland Barthes. Toward the end of the quarter we will pursue the significance of Belize's remark in Angels in America, "love is never ambiguous." In other words, is love never ambiguous only when it is queer, only when the self has surrendered all claims to selfhood? To explore that possibility we will conclude the course with a discussion of the AIDS quilt. What is the nature of love in the face of inexpressible loss? How do the assembled panels of strangers who died of a "queer's disease: overcome the ambiguity of the words, "I love you"?

Requirements: In addition to active participation in class discussion, students will be asked to write a mid-term essay and a final essay. There will also be four short-answer quizzes throughout the quarter.

Possible readings:
Plato, The Symposium
W. Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
J. Goethe, Werther
R. Barthes, A Lover's Discourse
W. Cather, "Tommy the Unsentimental."
T. Mann, Death in Venice
T. Kushner, Angels in America.
E.. Dickinson, Selected poems.
Panels and the accompanying narrative from "The Aids Quilt."

A. Lee: Brokeback Mountain
P. Almodovar: All About my Mother.

Honors 240 A: Issues in Bilingualism (VLPA)

SLN 21301 (View UW registration info »)

Katarzyna Dziwirek (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Office: M260 Smith, Box 353580
Phone: 543-7691
Credits: 5
Limit: 10 students

Cross-listed with SLAV 470 and 570.

The course offers several perspectives on bilingualism: from personal to global, from the linguistic structure of code-switching to cultural aspects of living in two languages. We examine how bilingual children acquire two languages, consider the experiences of bilingual adults, and study bilingualism as a societal phenomenon (diglossia and language choice, language policies, language and national identity, linguistic minorities, etc.). We will pay attention to Slavic languages (e.g., language policies in Slovakia and Poland, the language situation in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and former Yugoslavia, etc.), but students do not need to speak a Slavic language. The bilingual experience of emotions and language maintenance and diversity in the Pacific Northwest are a special focus of the course.


Honors 100 A: Honors at the UW: Knowledge Across the Disciplines

SLN 14776 (View UW registration info »)

Aley Willis (Honors Program)
Office: 211 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352800
Phone: 221-6074
James Clauss (Classics)
Credits: 1
Limit: 140 students

For incoming Honors students only!
Students must also register for a section, AA-AJ.

Honors 100 B: Honors at the UW: Knowledge Across the Disciplines

SLN 14777 (View UW registration info »)

Aley Willis (Honors Program)
Office: 211 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352800
Phone: 221-6074
James Clauss (Classics)
Credits: 1
Limit: 140 students

For incoming Honors students only!
Students must also register for a section, BA-BJ.

Honors 205 A: What We Know and How We Know It (C)

SLN 14778 (View UW registration info »)

Frances McCue (English)
Credits: 5
Limit: 23 students

Incoming freshmen only.

This course satisfies BOTH Honors Interdisciplinary AND UW's Composition requirements.

For freshmen only, this course is an introduction to college-level methods of inquiry. Throughout your academic life at the university, you will be called upon to write, read and converse in order to absorb knowledge and test out ideas. Since academic disciplines are bound by their respective ways of knowing, and because other ways of knowing are empirical and creative, this course will present different ways of coming to knowledge. We'll engage in reading, lectures, dialogue, persuasive writing, journalistic writing, writing for academic papers as well as in creative writing-poems, short stories and vignettes. Expect a lively forum for testing out ideas and a venue to enhance your writing repertoire.

Expectations for students include: attending all classes with the (substantial) assigned readings completed; contributing to small group presentations; considering one's own belief systems and the belief systems in a respectful and curious manner; being willing to experiment in writing styles and genres. In the end, students should be active questioning learners and show evidence of this engagement.

Goals for the course include: learning how to negotiate and navigate with different ways of knowing; developing empathic and creative imagination; enhancing student writing; creating models for civic dialogue; and articulating individual learning.

The course will connect often-separated worlds of research and practice, university and "real world" expertise, and writing and dialogic education.

This course is the introduction to a year-long sequence-in the winter quarter, the course topic will be "Teaching What We Know" and in the spring, the class will culminate in internships throughout the area. Enrollment in all three terms is not required.

Honors 391 A: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: An Interactive seminar on Race, Research and Medicine (VLPA / I&S / NW)

SLN 14794 (View UW registration info »)

Clarence Spigner (Health Services)
Office: H-692 Health Sciences Building, Box 357660
Phone: 206 616-2948
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

The 10-week, 5-credit course/seminar is designed for all students but particularly those interested in health, race and society. The journalistic inquiry taken by author Rebecca Skloot of patient Henrietta Lacks, the impoverished African American woman whose cells were removed without permission by medical doctors, frames the historical context for exploring societal and institutional racism in this intense and interactive course/seminar. Starting with America's Jim Crow Era, we trace societal and institutional attitudes and practices reflective of racial discrimination and the commodification of human tissues in the research establishment. The social versus biological construction of "race" is addressed. The purpose Institutional Review Boards charged with the protection of human subjects is questioned. Inadequate racial representation with in higher education and hence, within research studies institutions, is deemed as having nurtured the unethical research climate that exploited Henrietta Lacks and her family. Contemporary implications for public health and medical research are addressed.

Course Requirements: A complete and critical reading of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010), by Rebecca Skloot, is required. Each student must be fully prepared to engage in a thorough and informed discussion at every class meeting. Students, and less the instructor, are the voice of this course/seminar. We speak with and not at each other to enable a deeper understanding of those societal and institutional actors that framed the medical exploitation of Henrietta Lacks and her family. Having read the entire book before class begins is recommended though a guided week-by-week discussion supplemented by Powerpoint, selected handouts, and a guest-lecture on cell biology, is employed. Full attendance is required. There is no mid-term. A final 5-7 page paper with bibliography is required. This paper will draw from major themes and more than 100 questions stated in the syllabus. Full Participation is worth 40% and the paper is worth 60% of the final grade.

Honors 394 A: Gender Concepts in Western Thought (VLPA / I&S)

SLN 14795 (View UW registration info »)

Clare Bright (Gender Studies (GWSS))
Office: B-110 Padelford, Box 354345
Phone: (206) 543-6900
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

An exploration and critique of the dominant themes and paradigms which have shaped Western European thought, with special focus on concepts of "woman" and "man." Theories of knowledge and reality will also be covered. Feminist perspectives will be studied along with more traditional viewpoints.

* To provide an overview of the dominant philosophical paradigms in western thought.
* To assess such paradigms critically, especially from feminist perspectives To become familiar with the concepts of major thinkers regarding "woman" and "man"
* To analyze the social and metaphysical contexts for these definitions
* To develop the student's ability to analyze and formulate theory
* To facilitate the thoughtful verbal and written expression of knowledge gained this term

Riane Eisler, The Chalice and the Blade
Plato, The Republic
The Bible (A protestant version of your choice)
Woman in Western Thought (Reading Packet #1)
Reading Packet #2
(Both Reading Packets available at Professional Copy, 42nd & the Ave.)

Class Participation (30%): Students are expected to be at all class sessions and to be prepared for class discussion. This means studying the readings for the unit scheduled and coming to class with ideas to share. Acceptable participation includes both thoughtful comments and active, respectful listening, as well as an appropriate balance between them. One absence is permitted without affecting your participation grade.

Two Take-home essay assignments (20% each): Dates TBA

Group Project (15%): Details and guidelines TBA

Final Exam (15%): An in-class comprehensive exam. No make-ups for final exam.

Honors 394 B: Things Fall Apart: The Ends of Empires from the Ancients to the Moderns (VLPA / I&S)

SLN 20521 (View UW registration info »)

Jordanna Bailkin (History)
Office: 218D Smith Hall, Box 353560
Phone: 206 543-7342
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

Cross-listed with HIST 490 B.

Are empires destined to fail? What happens when they collapse? This course takes a different perspective on imperial history. Instead of looking at moments of expansion and success, we will look at the history of imperial decline and fall from the ancient Romans to more recent incarnations of empire in the late 20th century. We will focus on the collapse of the European empires - and the consequences of this collapse for the rulers and the ruled - but will look at examples from multiple sites and eras. Authors will range from Virgil to M.K. Gandhi and Frantz Fanon; we will also watch films about the process of decolonization, such as Gillo Pontecorvo's "Battle of Algiers."

Students will write two papers for this class; one shorter (5-6 page) analysis of one of the assigned readings, and one longer (10-12 page) research paper on one of the themes for the class. Students are expected to attend weekly meetings, and to participate in the discussion of the readings and films.

BIOC 440 AA: Honors Biochemistry (NW)

SLN 11056 (View UW registration info »)

Rachel Klevit (Biochemistry and Biomolecular Structure Center)
Office: K-466A Health Sciences, Box 357350
Phone: 206 543-5891
Credits: 4
Limit: 20 students

Contact advisers@chem.washington.edu for add code.
Students must also register for BIOC 440 A.

Biochemistry and molecular biology (with quiz sections) for undergraduate students in molecular and cellular biology, for biochemistry majors, and graduate students in other science departments.

Prerequisite: 2.5 BIOL 200; 2.5 in either CHEM 224, CHEM 239, or CHEM 337; 2.0 in either MATH 124, MATH 134, or MATH 144

CHEM 145 A: Honors General Chemistry (NW)

SLN 11805 (View UW registration info »)

Credits: 5
Limit: 72 students

Students must see Chem adviser in Bagley 303 for entry code. Must also register for CHEM 145 AA, AB or AC.
See Time Schedule for information on pre-requisites.

Honors Chem 145 and 155 cover material in 142, 152, and 162. Includes laboratory. No more than the number of credits indicated can be counted toward graduation from the following course groups: 142, 145 (5 credits); 145, 155, 162 (10 credits).

Students must also register for a quiz section; see Time Schedule for more information.

CHEM 335 A: Honors Organic Chemistry (NW)

SLN 11890 (View UW registration info »)

Credits: 4
Limit: 70 students

Students must see Chem adviser in Bagley 303 for entry code.
Prerequisite: either CHEM 155 or CHEM 162.

For chemistry majors and otherwise qualified students planning three or more quarters of organic chemistry. Structure, nomenclature, reactions, and synthesis of organic compounds. Theory and mechanism of organic reactions. Studies of biomolecules. No organic laboratory accompanies this course. No more than 5 credits can be counted toward graduation from the following course groups: 221, 223, 237, 335.

Honors 220 A: Astrobiology (NW)

SLN 14780 (View UW registration info »)

Graciela Matrajt (Astronomy)
Phone: 206 685-0542
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

This course is for NON-SCIENCE majoring students only. Pre-science freshmen and sophomores are OK.

Preference is given to freshmen and sophomores, upperclassmen please contact instructor for permission.

There are no prerequisites for this class.

How did life arise on Earth ? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe ? If any, is it possible to find/detect it ? The mystery of our origins is a question that has preoccupied humans for millennia. Today, this question remains unanswered, although there are many ideas. In this course we will explore the possible approaches to answer these questions. We will first study the history of the sciences that led to approaching these questions, and the chain of thinking that has guided scientists in the search for the origin of life. This is a new science called Astrobiology and it is based in interdisciplinary studies. We will define life. We will briefly study the life cycle of stars and the formation of the Solar System to understand the physical and chemical constraints to form and maintain an Earth-like planet where life can develop. We will then investigate the delivery of organic materials, in particular those molecules that are currently found in life forms, by meteorites and comets. We will learn about the various types of meteorites and we will even handle some. We will learn about comets and we will even look at some cometary particles with a microscope. We will talk about Stardust, the NASA mission that brought cometary particles back to Earth. We will learn which instruments are best and more useful to look for extraterrestrial life, and we will talk about the controversial Martian meteorite in which some people thought they have found evidence of life.

This course provides an overview of a new interdisciplinary science, Astrobiology, with emphasis on the delivery of organic molecules by comets and asteroids. This course will provide knowledge in chemistry, history of sciences, biochemistry, astronomy, geology, geochemistry and biology. In addition, students will learn about different analytical instruments that scientists use to investigate meteorites, but which can also be used to make research in many other different fields.

Participation in class 5%
Quizzes 10 %
Homeworks 5%
Mid-term project 15 %
Final project 15 %
Mid-term exam 25 %
Final exam 25 %

"Planets and Life" (2007) by W. T. Sullivan and J. A. Baross. Cambridge University Press.

Selections (chapters) of:
"An Introduction to Astrobiology" (2003) edited by I. Gilmour and M. A. Sephton Cambridge University Press.
"Life in the Universe" (2007) by J. Bennett and S. Shostak.
Plus a number of articles (mostly Scientific American or New Scientist type) that I will send/distribute during the course.

Honors 220 C: Science, Magic, and the Passage to Modernity (NW)

SLN 14782 (View UW registration info »)

Paul Boynton (Physics)
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

Cross-listed with CHID 270C.

Students must also register for quiz section CA or CB.

Incoming freshmen interested in taking this class must email Professor Boynton at boynton@u.washington.edu

It may have been inevitable that science would continue to transform our lives given that irrepressible human urge to continually extend our knowledge of the natural world. Imagine physical science as a modern Pandora's Box. Because of that urge, we open the box over and over again, revealing ever newer and deeper understanding, and consequently releasing new technologies that may be received eagerly or with trepidation by the public at large. In either case, for better or worse, our modern worldview is in no small way driven by the march of science and technology. Taking a long view of Western civilization, one may wonder how we came to this condition given modernity's rather starkly materialist flavor in contrast with the mystical richness of pre-Renaissance conceptions of the natural world and our comfortingly well-defined place in it.

In Science, Magic and the Passage to Modernity, we seek to comprehend this modern condition by examining the historical/philosophical roots of the culture of scientific inquiry; that is, how our experience of the physical world has been interpreted in four eras: Classical Antiquity, Hellenism, the late Renaissance, and the early Twentieth Century. In doing so, we discover not only the success and power of our modern way of knowing the world of matter and energy, but also its inherent limitations and self-imposed boundaries that are evident when attempting to accommodate the full range of human experience.

Through these four historical periods we pursue the philosophical response to two natural phenomena that are eventually seen to be closely related: 1) terrestrial gravitation, and 2) the visible nature of motion in the heavens. Studying the history of approaches to interpreting these fundamental experiences of nature provides insight to how we have come to our current perception of the natural world, and offers hints to how that perception might change in the future.

At its core, this is a physical science course. Learning about science requires doing some scientific thinking, which in turn requires basic skills in quantitative reasoning. Even so, familiarity with only the most elementary aspects of high school algebra and geometry is presumed. In modern times there is no other way to grasp the underlying, implicit connection between a falling apple and a cosmic Black Hole, and the unification of all knowledge of the physical world,

On the other hand, this is composed as a course in the history of ideas for liberal arts students, not for science majors (unless their interests are quite broad). The wide-ranging topics covered here borrow heavily on and directly inform concepts you have already met or will encounter in literature, history, and philosophy during your academic adventures at the UW.

You may be surprised by the foundational connections between the intellectual structure of modern science and a number of seemingly peripheral issues: Pre-Socratic ontological and epistemological questions (e.g. the meaning of existence in a physical world, the distinction between belief and knowledge), the tension between thought and experience in classical philosophy, Hellenism's retreat from reason, late medieval Scholasticism, The Great Chain of Being, searching for the boundary between the natural and supernatural, Renaissance magic, Cartesian dualism, Newton's towering but schizophrenic intellect, and Einstein's surprisingly Pythagorean vision. These are but a few elements in a story of disciplined human creativity that recounts the emergence of modern science and the scientific underpinnings of modernity. Please join us for the telling.

Honors 220 CA: Science, Magic, and the Passage to Modernity (NW)

SLN 14783 (View UW registration info »)

Paul Boynton (Physics)
Limit: 15 students

Students must also register for Honors 220 C.

Incoming freshmen interested in taking this class must email Professor Boynton at boynton@u.washington.edu

Honors 220 CB: Science, Magic, and the Passage to Modernity (NW)

SLN 14784 (View UW registration info »)

Paul Boynton (Physics)
Limit: 15 students

Students must also register for Honors 220 C.

Incoming freshmen interested in taking this class must email Professor Boynton at boynton@u.washington.edu

Honors 220 D: Sustainability, Media, and the Propagation of Good Ideas (NW)

SLN 20868 (View UW registration info »)

Brenda Bourns (Biology)
John Samaras (Biology)
Phone: (206)522-4350
John Samaras
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

Consider the ancient Chinese proverb: "If we don't change our direction, we're likely to end up where we're headed."

"Sustainability" has become a common catchword in our culture. In this course we will examine the ecological concepts behind the sustainability movement using as
a context the environmental "prophets" and examining how media plays a role in shaping our thinking about the topic of sustainability. Further, we will take it beyond
the academic, using as a vehicle "experiential learning" and reaching out beyond our classroom experience to involve ourselves more viscerally in some of the issues related to sustainability that affect our actual lives.

This 5 credit course will meet twice/week. On Tuesdays, we will meet for an hour and a half to lay out the conceptual framework for the course. A longer timeslot (four hours on Friday afternoon) will accommodate the "experiential" side of the course - field trips to locales of interest to the topic of sustainability, opportunities to volunteer on a "service learning" project, and/or guest lectures and tours. Students will also be given the possibility of opting out of the longer class period to spend an equivalent amount
of time volunteering at a pre-approved local sustainability focused non-profit or similar experience for the duration of the quarter.

This course will explore the question: Is the United States ready to seriously examine and change the habits that lead to Global Warming?

We will begin with reading together the book Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan as a means to examine the academic ecological concepts upon which "sustainability"
is based (biogeochemical cycling, trophic structure, bio magnification, food webs, greenhouse effect). Then groups will be assigned to each of several media pieces - each group will be responsible to read or watch it, prepare a discussion exercise ahead of time, present background using excerpts from the piece, and then lead a discussion on that piece.

Together, we will explore the following questions, as well as any of your own: How do these prophets get their message out? Why do we believe these prophets? In the
case of sustainability, are their ideas backed up by science and how do we know? How do they gain credibility? What assets do different forms of media bring to the goal of propagating an idea?

Grading for the course will be largely class participation, with significant weight on the student-led activity/presentation and final portfolio of reflections on weekly readings and experiences.

Course Objectives: comprehension of ecology concepts relevant to normal living, skill at critiquing popular culture use of scientific concepts, deeper appreciation for the "why" of sustainable living, understanding of the role of media in propagating ideas, enhancement of lifelong learner skills, practice at being in a leadership role in a learning community, involvement in community through experiences.

Honors 396 A: Discussion Supplement to Biology 180: Thinking like a scientist (NW)

SLN 14796 (View UW registration info »)

Diane Genereux (Biology)
Phone: 206 616-9385
Credits: 2
Limit: 25 students

Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 180 required.

***COURSE FULL*** Email laurah13@uw.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Honors 396 B: Discussion Supplement to Biology 180: Thinking like a scientist (NW)

SLN 14797 (View UW registration info »)

Diane Genereux (Biology)
Phone: 206 616-9385
Credits: 2
Limit: 25 students

Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 180 required.

***COURSE FULL.*** Email laurah13@uw.edu to be added to waitlist.

Honors 396 C: Discussion Supplement to Biology 200: Thinking like a Scientist (NW)

SLN 14798 (View UW registration info »)

Lara Shamieh (Pathology)
Office: HSB D-514, Box 357470
Phone: 206 221-4849
Credits: 2
Limit: 25 students

ADD CODE REQUIRED. Email laurah13@uw.edu.
Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 200 required.

Honors 396 D: Discussion Supplement to Biology 180: Thinking like a scientist (NW)

SLN 21352 (View UW registration info »)

Diane Genereux (Biology)
Phone: 206 616-9385
Credits: 2
Limit: 15 students

Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 180 required.

MATH 124 H: Honors Calculus with Analytic Geometry (NW)

SLN 16146 (View UW registration info »)

Credits: 5
Limit: 66 students

Students must contact Math Department for add code. Students must also register for quiz section HA or HB; see time schedule for more information.

First quarter in calculus of functions of a single variable. Emphasizes differential calculus. Emphasizes applications and problem solving using the tools of calculus. Prerequisite: 2.5 in MATH 120, score of 68% on MATHPC placement test, score of 75% on MATHEC placement test, or score of 2 on AP test.

MATH 134 A: Accelerated Honors Calculus (NW)

SLN 16200 (View UW registration info »)

Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

Students must contact Math Department for placement information and add code.

Covers the material of 124, 125, 126; 307, 308, 318. First year of a two-year accelerated sequence. May receive advanced placement (AP) credit for 124 after taking 134. For students with above average preparation, interest, and ability in mathematics.

MATH 334 A: Accelerated Honors Advanced Calculus (NW)

SLN 16243 (View UW registration info »)

Credits: 5
Limit: 35 students

Students must contact Math Department for add code.
Prerequisite: either 2.0 in MATH 136, or 2.0 in MATH 126; 2.0 in MATH 307; either 2.0 in MATH 205, 2.0 in MATH 308, or 2.0 in MATH 318.

Introduction to proofs and rigor; uniform convergence, Fourier series and partial differential equations, vector calculus, complex variables. Students who complete this sequence are not required to take MATH 309, 310, 324, 326, 327, 328, and 427. Second year of an accelerated two-year sequence; prepares students for senior-level mathematics courses.

PHYS 121 B: Honors Mechanics (NW)

SLN 18088 (View UW registration info »)

Paula Heron (Physics)
Office: C208B Physics-Astronomy Bldg., Box 351560
Phone: 206 543-3894
Credits: 5
Limit: 66 students

Contact Prof Heron at pheron@phys.washington.edu for add code.
Prerequisite: MATH 124, 127, 134, or 145, may be taken concurrently; recommended: one year HS physics.
Students need to also sign up for an Honors tutorial section and a lab.

Basic principles of mechanics and experiments in mechanics for physical science and engineering majors. Lecture tutorial and lab components must all be taken to receive credit. Credit is not given for both PHYS 114 and PHYS 121.

Honors 230 A: Reading a Native American Gnosis? (I&S)

SLN 14786 (View UW registration info »)

Clarke Speed (Anthropology)
Credits: 5
Limit: 40 students

No freshmen.

This class attempts to read the complex genius of Native American writer and intellectual Sherman Alexie. As radical other, artist, and intellectual, Alexie creates windows into cloaked historical conflicts of meaning and identity via representations of lived Indian difference. As agent of a deconstruction of various 'allegories of Americana,' Alexie plays on the histories of apocalyptic collapse and assimilation to find and represent American truth and lie, Indian lies in truth, Native truths hidden in lies, and new Native truths given popular voice. Given our elite positions, we will struggle attempting to go beneath Alexie's contemporary 'war dances' of not-same and never-equal. And when we do penetrate his parables, what will we find? Great love nested with violent ironies. As a Socratic spin on Indian and Native spaces, this class has no pretentions to representing what is authentic or right. There are only images. We are turned into subjects reading other histories. The order of things is inverted. There is only the reality of unresolvable difference, the violence of interpretation, and the will to re-represent. Evaluation includes three concept papers, two short rewrites, word work, diagrams, and student presentations and precis'. Texts from Alexie include War Dances (2010), The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2009), and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993). Our theoretical texts include Leo Strauss' Persecution and the Art of Writing (1988) and Gerald Vizenor's Fugitive Poses (1998).

Honors 230 B: Leadership, Democracy & a More Thoughtful Public (I&S)

SLN 14787 (View UW registration info »)

Roger Soder (Education)
Office: MGH 211, Box 353600
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

Incoming Honors Freshmen ONLY.

We will consider the following five propositions:

1. Leadership always has a political context; leadership in a democracy is necessarily different than leadership in other political regimes.

2. Leadership involves at its base the creation of a persuaded audience, but, more than persuasion, involves creating and sustaining a more thoughtful public, a public capable of rising above itself.

3. A more thoughtful public must not only be created and sustained, but, given that things inevitably fall apart, must be recovered and reconstituted.

4. Distinctions must be made in the leadership functions of (a) initiating, (b) sustaining, and c) recovering and reconstituting. What it takes for leader to sustain isn't quite the same as what it takes to initiate, and neither of these approach what it takes to recover and reconstitute when the organization or regime falls apart.

5. Good leadership involves ethical and effective information seeking. A leader must have knowledge of what must be done, knowledge of what it takes to persuade others of what must be done (and, in persuading, creating a more thoughtful public), and knowledge of how an audience/public will respond. Only with a thorough understanding of the principles, strategies, and costs of information seeking will one be able to engage in ethical and effective leadership.

Sources of texts will include, but not be limited to: Tocqueville, Sophocles, Machiavelli, Lincoln, Kautilya, Dostoevsky, the Tao-Te-Ching, the Huainanzi, as well as contemporary authors.

Method of instruction: close reading of texts, coupled with short papers on texts, plus a longer (5-8 page) synthesis paper; small and large group discussions with each other and visiting scholars/practitioners.

Honors 230 C: Modern Religious Thought: Contemporary Asian American Theologies (I&S)

SLN 14788 (View UW registration info »)

Mari Kim (Comparative Religion)
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

This course is an introduction to the emerging field of contemporary Asian American theological reflection. Utilizing a constructive theological approach, this course surveys a spectrum of contemporary Asian American theological perspectives offering critical reflection on the experiences of various Asian American immigrant communities. The constructive theological categories of theological anthropology, ontology, epistemology, the problematic (the nature of sin and evil) and redemption (including Christology) are introduced and developed with students throughout the course to help students analyze and construct Christian theological perspectives reflective of the particular Asian American populations examined.

While each Asian American community we examine has roots in an Asian global context, through researching the history of their emigration to the U.S., significant historical developments in the U.S. around Asian American populations and immigration, and by examining a variety of socio-cultural worldviews, experiences, and personal narratives, students develop a competency in significant issues and concerns emerging through their research of a particular Asian American population in order to construct a Christian theological perspective using the vocabulary of theological concepts developed
throughout the course.

Through the course, students are invited to cultivate their learning as scholars in the academic study of religion, through an ethic of hospitality - that practice of respectful scholarly openness crucial to cultivating academically-responsible interpretations of the religious Other - this course intends to develop students' understanding, critical thinking and respectful appreciation of the Religious Other.

Course Goals
- To invite you, as scholars in the academic study of religion, to cultivate an ethic of hospitality that empowers appreciative learning about communities of the Religious Other (those different from you). This ethic of hospitality is understood as a practice of respectful scholarly openness necessary to cultivate learning that is academically fruitful and responsible.
- To expand students' intellectual vocabulary through the introduction of experiences and perspectives on the human condition and understandings of the virtuous life through the study of religious traditions that have inspired centuries of ardent devotion.
- To offer informed perspectives that help you understand, appreciate, and develop responsible interpretations of several Asian American communities in
the U.S.

Honors 230 D: Understanding and Combating Human Trafficking (I&S)

SLN 14789 (View UW registration info »)

Kirsten Foot (Communications)
Office: 102 Communications Bldg, Box 353740
Phone: 543-4837
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

This course has 3 aims: 1) To introduce students to contemporary human trafficking as one of the darkest sides of globalization, but also in relation to historical forms of slavery and issues of human rights, international migration and trade/labor flows, and socioeconomic conditions that give rise to the commodification of some people by other people; 2) To build students' understanding of the scope, scale, and complex dynamics of human trafficking; 3) To equip students to assess the current state of anti-human trafficking efforts with appreciation for the difficulty of such efforts, and to begin strategizing more better ways to combat human trafficking.

These aims will be accomplished through a) the reading, written analysis of, and in-class discussion of relevant texts produced by concerned government bodies and nongovernmental organizations as well as scholars; b) visits by local experts representing local and/or national law enforcement, providers of services to trafficking victims, and community organizers; c) written analyses of case studies and a research paper on a particular aspect of the problem of human trafficking and/or efforts to combat it; d) completion of an experiential learning/service learning assignment. There will be a few small quizzes on key terms/concepts, but no midterm or final exam.

PHIL 267 AH: Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (I&S)

SLN 20557 (View UW registration info »)

Ken Clatterbaugh (Philosophy)
Office: 345B Savery, Box 353350
Phone: (206) 543-5086
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

ADD CODE REQUIRED. Available in MGH 211 starting May 2, 2011.
Students must also register for PHIL 267 A.

Consideration of the sources of religious ideas and practices, the main kinds of religious views and the problems they raise, and the different forms that spirituality can take. Issues concerning the relations of religion to science and morality also treated.

There are a number of problems in philosophy of religion that have been discussed for centuries in western religion and philosophy, some such as the argument from design have taken on new versions in the twenty first century. Many of these issues have been a focus for discussion in western analytic philosophy. They include: the nature of God, the argument from design, the cosmological argument, the ontological argument, miracles, the nature and value of religious experience, and the argument from evil. This course will examine several of these topics in some detail from the standpoint of analytic philosophy. The course is not a study of comparative religion although it examines these issues in the context of the religions of Abraham, namely, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will introduce the student to philosophical thinking and writing. Students will be expected to write a midterm and final as well as some short one page papers on assigned topics.

SIS 200 AI: States and Capitalism: The Origins of the Modern Global System (I&S)

SLN 18887 (View UW registration info »)

Anand Yang (International Studies, History)
Phone: 206 543-4902
Credits: 5
Limit: 20 students

No add code required as of 9/27. Use Time Schedule for enrollment.
Students must also register for SIS 200 A.

Origins of the modern world system in the sixteenth century and its history until World War I. Interacting forces of politics and economics around the globe, with particular attention to key periods of expansion and crisis.

SIS 200 AJ: States and Capitalism: The Origins of the Modern Global System (I&S)

SLN 18888 (View UW registration info »)

Anand Yang (International Studies, History)
Phone: 206 543-4902
Credits: 5
Limit: 20 students

No add code required as of 9/27. Use Time Schedule for enrollment.
Students must also register for SIS 200 A.

Origins of the modern world system in the sixteenth century and its history until World War I. Interacting forces of politics and economics around the globe, with particular attention to key periods of expansion and crisis.

ENGL 281 A: Intermediate Expository Writing (C)

SLN 13440 (View UW registration info »)

Heather Hill (English)
Phone: 360 910-7985
Credits: 5
Limit: 23 students

This course does NOT satisfy Honors credit, but fulfills your UW Composition requirement.

No add code required as of 9/27. Use Time Schedule for enrollment.

As literate beings in a print-heavy culture, we encounter and use different genres of writing everyday. Although writing is a technology that helps us do things, writing as an act and artifact sometimes becomes invisible. We are able to write love notes and emails, read menus and magazines, but we rarely take the time to consider how we know what to do in the situation that calls for the writing. A major goal of this course is to look at writing instead of looking through it, which means that in this course we will be looking at writing in order to understand why people write, how people write, and what people write, in the many different situations that they write for. In English 281 we will focus on different genres of writing and how we can use the genre of the "academic argument" essay as an antecedent genre that can help you when writing for new writing situations that you may encounter in school and out of it. Through this course you will learn genre awareness which will help you be able to figure out what kind of writing is appropriate in each new situation that you are asked to write for. Every department in the university uses and requires different kinds of writing. Therefore, one of the main goals of this class is for you to understand the disciplinarity of writing and to understand the types of investigations you must undergo in order to figure out how to respond to writing problems given to you in different situations in the university and outside of it.

This is a class about writing, and more specifically genre, therefore the texts we read in this class will all be about writing. We will mostly be reading texts written by professional researchers and scholars in writing studies and genre theory. These texts will be difficult and will require you to read closely and carefully. These texts will help you to understand the concept of genre and how authors make rhetorical choices when writing in particular genres and for particular discourse communities and rhetorical situations.
As I have said, this is a class about writing, but just as importantly, English 281 a writing course in which you investigate and apply the ideas we are learning. The papers in this course will ask you to write for different purposes, with the ultimate goal being to be able to figure out how to produce appropriate texts for the situation that calls for them. Through this study, you will be more equipped to figure out the type of writing that is required in successive classes at the University.

Honors 350 A: Philosophy over Lunch

SLN 14792 (View UW registration info »)

Ken Clatterbaugh (Philosophy)
Office: 345B Savery, Box 353350
Phone: (206) 543-5086
Credits: 2
Limit: 15 students

This seminar is intended as a reasonably sophisticated introduction to philosophy. The major areas of philosophy, such as philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, ethics, political philosophy, will be covered. When possible guest faculty who are expert in theses areas will be invited. The purpose of the course is to give a student a sense of what goes on in these particular areas of philosophy and an opportunity to engage in a philosophical discussion all while having an appropriately nutritious lunch. The only text will be Simon Blackburn's Think.Grades will be based on participation, which means coming to class having read the material, thought about it, and having something to say about it.

Honors 397 A: Seminar for Honors 100 TAs (I&S)

SLN 14799 (View UW registration info »)

Aley Willis (Honors Program)
Office: 211 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352800
Phone: 221-6074
Brook Kelly (Honors)
Office: MGH 211, Box 352800
Phone: 221.6131
Laura Harrington (Honors)
Office: MGH 211, Box 352800
Phone: 205 543-7444
Credits: 1, c/nc
Limit: 20 students

For Autumn 2011 Honors 100 TAs only. For an add code, email laurah13@uw.edu