Honors Course Archive

Spring 2012

ARCH 352 C: History of Modern Architecture (VLPA)

SLN 10366 (View UW registration info »)

Jeffrey Ochsner (Architecture)
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

ADD CODE REQUIRED. Available in MGH 211 on & after Feb. 13.

Architecture 352 presents a survey of architecture from 1750 to the present (primarily, but not exclusively, in Europe and North America). Emphasis is placed on the development of the architecture of this period including significant buildings and projects, important theories and critical writings.

Architecture 352 is the third course in the architecture 350-351-352 series. Knowledge of material covered in Architecture 350 and Architecture 351 is expected of those enrolled in Architecture 352. Like other courses in the 350 series, Arch 352 is offered as a series of lectures illustrated with slides. The Honors Section will also include a weekly discussion session focused on additional readings (including primary texts and articles of scholarly research) that address relevant events, practitioners, movements, influences, or broad cultural factors that influenced modern architecture from 1750 to the present. The principal objective in the Honors Section is to serve as an enrichment for the course lectures, exploring (in greater depth) issues that have been raised during the lecture sessions. The readings and assignments are designed to facilitate discussion and an in depth, critical inquiry of architecture, history and theory from 1750 to 2000. Architecture is seen not only as built form but also as consisting of the social practices and cultural discourse that it embodies. The aim of the Honors Section is to develop a deeper understanding of the past by incorporating a diversity of viewpoints.

Resources for the course include two texts that are available at the University Bookstore: Trachtenberg and Hyman, Architecture from Prehistory to Post-Modernism/The Western Tradition (New York, 2002); and William J.R. Curtis, Modern Architecture Since 1900 3rd Edition (New York and London, 1996).

A complete course guide (slide list) for all lectures may be purchased in a single bound booklet at the University Bookstore (available by the first day of class). A web site will also be accessible to those enrolled in the course.

The Honors Section will have a selection of focused readings that will enhance the content of the lectures, but address topics in greater depth. These readings will be available on e-reserves. Course requirements for students in the Honors Section will include an in-class midterm, a final exam, and regular written assignments based on the additional readings.

ART 339 B: Honors Photography (VLPA)

SLN 19615 (View UW registration info »)

Erin Burns (Art)
Credits: 5
Limit: 20 students

***COURSE FULL*** Email uwhonors@uw.edu to be put on waitlist.

ADD CODE REQUIRED. Available in MGH 211 on & after Feb. 13.

Introduces a range of theories, ideas, techniques, and processes of still photography in a fine art context. Assignments emphasize photography' s creative potential.

Honors 212 A: Philosophy of Marxism (VLPA)

SLN 14427 (View UW registration info »)

Ken Clatterbaugh (Philosophy)
Office: 345B Savery, Box 353350
Phone: (206) 543-5086
Credits: 5
Limit: 10 students

Offered jointly with PHIL 334.

This course surveys the introductory topics in the philosophy of Karl Marx. Special attention is given to Marx's theory of human nature, alienation, the nature of exploitation, Marx's materialist theory of history, his view on morality, and his thoughts about the nature of socialist society. Toward the end of the course, if time permits, we will look at later developments in Marxist thought.

Karl Marx, Selected Writings, David McClellan (ed)
Protest Nation, Timothy McCarthy and John McMillian (eds)
Why Read Marx Today, Jonathan Wolf

Students are graded on class participation-students will be expected to give a class presentation on their final project--and a final paper. The final paper is a fifteen-page book review. Each student must select a book that is critical of or a defense of capitalism and review it as if the student were Karl Marx. The review should display an understanding of Marx, present a fair description of the book, and offer a substantial criticism of it. Honors students will have an opportunity to discuss course material and do a presentation in a breakout session taught by the instructor.

Honors 212 B: Madness and Civilization (VLPA)

SLN 14428 (View UW registration info »)

Marshall Brown (Comparative Literature)
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

Most readers encounter a lot more insane people in works of literature than in real life. Why should this be so? Does literature work at extending our ordinary experience, or does it show us things about ourselves that we don't know or don't want to know? Have the motives for representing madness remained constant, or have they shifted? Does literature aim to teach or to warn, to arouse sympathy or to allay fears? Without necessarily confining our discussions to the single theme of madness, we will examine its appearance in a range of classic works from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. We will encounter madness as sin and as innocence, as insanity and anger, persecution and escape, heredity and social product, sexual repression and personal liberation, tragedy and satire, failure and innovation, dependence and independence, rejection or reflection of the surrounding world.

In this course I like to read one of those massive masterpieces that we ordinarily never have time for. This year it will be Don Quixote. We will continue with Hamlet, a bit of Swift, two German Romantic tales, a selection of Romantic poetry, a unit on Emily Dickinson, and a modernist classic, William Faulkner's novel, The Sound and the Fury. Throughout the term we will read most of Michel Foucault's Madness and Civilization, which has revolutionized thinking about the cultural role of insanity, and toward the end we will read one of Freud's most influential case reports, Dora. And we will examine operatic treatments of madness, including Alban Berg's Wozzeck.

There will be frequent short writing assignments and a choice of a 7-10 page paper or a final exam.

Honors 212 C: The Academic Life (VLPA)

SLN 14429 (View UW registration info »)

Anu Taranath (English)
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

Our work this term is to use the academy as a site for deep, critical, and passionate investigation. To speak of an "academic life" allows us to highlight a multitude of structures and ways of thought:
--various players in the academy and their relation to each other (students, staff and faculty),
--how institutional politics of funding, legitimacy and validation structure our own pursuits of knowledge
--how our own personal and community affiliations and identities (gender, sexuality, race, generation, class, disability status, family configuration etc.) might structure the ways that knowledge is produced
-- how different fields imagine their different "texts" and "work"
--how various strands of the educational process are deeply embedded in hierarchical and colonial ways of knowing and ordering the world
--the relationship between epistemology and methodology, or how we know what we know and how we do what it is we do.

Rather than speaking only abstractly about these concepts, we will try to ground our discussions and course work in our lived realities, the messy terrain of our own academic lives as community members engaged in scholarship.

Anthropology off the shelf (paperback)
Wiley-Blackwell; January 2011
ISBN-10: 144433879X

Auto-Ethnographies: the anthropology of academic practices
University of Toronto Press, 2005 ISBN-10: 1551116847

From Oppression to Grace: Women of Color and their Dilemmas in the Academy
Stylus Publishing, 2006
ISBN-10: 1579221114

On Beauty- Zadie Smith
Penguin Group, 2007
ISBN-10: 014101945X

Honors 212 D: Ways of Feeling (VLPA)

SLN 19929 (View UW registration info »)

Katarzyna Dziwirek (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Office: M260 Smith, Box 353580
Phone: 543-7691
Credits: 5
Limit: 20 students

Cross-listed with SLAV 426.

Universal and culture specific aspects of linguistic expression of emotion. Are there feelings that all people share independent of language, culture, gender, and race? Examination of the meaning and form of emotion words in different languages, facial expressions, cultural attitudes to emotion and emotional behavior, and gender-specific emotional expressions.

Honors 496 A: Integration of the Honors Core Curriculum

SLN 14447 (View UW registration info »)

Julie Villegas (UW Honors)
Office: MGH 211, Box 352800
Phone: 543-7172
Credits: 1
Limit: 15 students

For Interdisciplinary (new curriculum) Honors students. To register, students must have taken 6 of 9 Core classes and completed 1 of 2 Experiential Learning projects. See an Honors adviser to register.

Honors 345 A: Music, Literature and Identity in Morocco (C)

SLN 19624 (View UW registration info »)

Frances McCue (English)
Credits: 5
Limit: 22 students

15 of 22 spaces reserved for students participating in the summer 2012 Honors in Morocco program. Add codes will be distributed upon acceptance into the program.

Remaining 7 spaces open for registration.

This course satisfies BOTH your Honors Interdisciplinary requirement AND UW's Composition requirement, but does NOT award any Areas of Knowledge (VLPA/I&S/NW) credit.

To get ready for our travel to Morocco, this seminar will offer us the opportunity to read novels, stories, poems and essays that have their roots in North African cultures. We'll learn about some of the genres of music that are also heard in this region and we'll focus on themes of linguistic and cultural identity, acceptance and resistance of cultural globalization and freedom of speech. These cultural artifacts will give us inspiration to write our own fiction and creative nonfiction, along with interpretations of Gnawa and other forms of music. This course will also provide a quick introduction to survival Moroccan Arabic and as a foundation for preparing students for their time in Morocco. In the end, we'll have the start of a travel portfolio that speculates about how we might see and experience the country.

Honors 391 A: HIV AND AIDS: Issues and Challenges (VLPA / I&S / NW)

SLN 14437 (View UW registration info »)

Danuta Kasprzyk (Family & Child Nursing - Clinical Assoc Professor)
Credits: 5
Limit: 15 students

Offered jointly with G H 490 B.

As part of course requirements, students will present a current event based on each day's readings or lectures, to be turned in twice weekly by midnight the day before each class period. Link to current event story can be emailed to professors, or turned in as a hard or scanned copy each class period.
Students will be required to write a 15 page research paper. Students will choose a developing country and describe an in-country plan to hit the US Obama Administration goal of ZERO HIV infections in their chosen country. Students will describe the in-country AIDS epidemic in terms of its epidemiology (disease transmission and spread), including risk behaviors, and access to treatment. Students will then describe how to reach a goal of zero transmissions within the country by the end of this decade (2019). Students will make evidence-based recommendations targeting the AIDS epidemic for their chosen country and describe how these recommendations will serve to achieve zero HIV transmissions. Finally, students will estimate a budget for this effort. Papers will be due last week of class (week of May 28).

An optional discussion group to discuss issues in more depth will be held after class on Thursdays.
The course grade is based on the weighting of the paper at 90%, 5% for current events, and 5% for attendance.

Honors 394 A: Teaching In the Field - Internships (VLPA / I&S)

SLN 14438 (View UW registration info »)

Frances McCue (English)
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

Restricted to students who have completed Honors "Teaching What You Know" or by instructor permission.

In this course, students will be placed in community sites for thirty contact hours. The entire class will meet for three group reflection sessions during the regular scheduled class time. The rest of the class sessions will take place in the community settings. The major products for this course will be: 1) an ongoing reflective journal on the teaching; 2) a final summary paper that describes the work in the community, including an evaluation of the teaching in terms of learner outcomes and satisfaction, and a reflection of what modifications would be needed if the project were replicated.

Honors 394 B: Puget Sounds - Ethnomusicology Archiving Close to Home (VLPA / I&S)

SLN 14439 (View UW registration info »)

John Vallier (Media Arcade / Ethnomusicology Archives)
Phone: 206 616-1210
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

What's distinctive about music in the Puget Sound region? What's the history of music in this region and what is its current character? What can we do-as fans, scholars, students, and archivists-to preserve and provide access to this music?

This class is about community, music, and archives. In it we will both learn about music in the region and work with community members to archive regional music that deserves long-term preservation and access. To this end we will contribute to an already existing collection of regional music held by the UW Libraries: see http://guides.lib.washington.edu/ps During the first part of the quarter we will dialog with music community members about their archiving needs. What music would they like archived? What kind of access should be given to these materials? Are there copyright or ethical issues that impede access? What preservation issues are there? How do we tag and describe the recordings? Class time will be spent answering these questions and reflecting on readings about archiving and NW music history. After determining community needs and a sound course of action, we will spend the remainder of the quarter collaboratively creating and curating our archives. These activities will be guided by readings in ethnomusicology, archival studies, and music criticism. No prior musical expertise is required, but an interest in music and a desire to learn more about archives and music of the Puget Sound is recommended. Student learning goals include: broader understanding and appreciation of the plurality of musics in the Puget Sound; nuanced and critical understanding of what meanings music can convey; increased comfort with contributing to discussions and projects in a collaborative setting; grounding in basic ethnomusicological field techniques, copyright complexities, and archival practices.

A writing journal, in class presentations, and an end of quarter paper or project will be required. Grading will be based on student participation, writings, presentations, and the final archival paper or project.

Readings may include:
Armbruster, Kurt E. 2011. Before Seattle rocked: a city and its music. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Casey, Mike, and Bruce Gordon. 2007. Sound directions best practices for audio preservation. [Bloomington]: Indiana University.
Daniel, Sharon. 2010. "Hybrid Practices". Cinema Journal. 48 (2): 154-60.
Derrida, Jacques. 1996. Archive fever: a Freudian impression. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Vallier, John. 2010. "Sound Archiving Close to Home: Why Community Partnerships Matter." Notes. 67 (1).

Honors 394 C: How to Read, Write and Speak (VLPA / I&S)

SLN 14440 (View UW registration info »)

Eric Liu (Law)
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

You may think you know how to do these things, but in this fun, practical course you will sharpen your skills in the role of citizen. Students will spend intensive time learning three core skills of engaged citizenship: how to read the media (dissecting text articles and audio/video clips to determine the agendas of the protagonists and of the journalists, to detect bias, to see how issues have been framed); how to write an argument (by composing essays and op-eds on social and political issues and by assessing models of effective written advocacy); and how to deliver a speech (by practicing and getting critiqued on short persuasive speeches). Students will tie all three skills together by working collaboratively on projects that involve them in current civic life and the political process. No special experience required, but a willingness to participate actively and collaboratively is a must.

BIOC 442 AC: Honors Biochemistry (NW)

SLN 11125 (View UW registration info »)

David Kimelman (Biochemistry, Biology)
Office: J-533 Health Sciences, Box 357350
Phone: 206 543-5730
Credits: 4
Limit: 16 students

Contact Lani Stone (stone@chem.washington.edu, 206.543.9343) for add codes.
BIOC 442 Honors section. Students must also register for Bioc 442 A lecture (SLN 11122). See Time Schedule for course information.

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: either 2.2 in BIOC 406 or 2.2 in BIOC 441.

CHEM 165 A: Honors General Chemistry (NW)

SLN 11887 (View UW registration info »)

James Mayer (Chemistry)
Office: 304D CHB, Box 351700
Phone: 206 543-2083
Credits: 5
Limit: 72 students

Add codes available through Chemistry dept, BAG 303.
Prerequisite: 2.2 in Honors CHEM 155.
Students must also sign up for Section AA, AB, or AC. See time schedule for course information.

Introduction to systematic inorganic chemistry: representative elements, metals, and nonmetals. Includes coordination complexes, geochemistry, and metallurgy. Additional material on environmental applications of basic chemistry presented. Includes laboratory. No more than the number of credits indicated can be counted toward graduation from the following course groups: 162, 165 (5 credits); 165, 312 (5 credits).

CHEM 337 A: Honors Organic Chemistry (NW)

SLN 11960 (View UW registration info »)

Dustin Maly (Chemistry)
Office: CHB 404K, Box 351700
Phone: 206 543-1653
Credits: 4
Limit: 40 students

Add codes available through Chemistry dept.
Prerequisite: 2.2 in Honors CHEM 336.

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. Includes introduction to membranes, enzyme mechanisms, prosthetic groups, macromolecular conformations, and supramolecular architecture. No more than 4 credits can be counted toward graduation from the following course groups: CHEM 239, CHEM 337.

CSE 142 A or B: Computer Programming I (NW)


Hélène Martin (Computer Science & Engineering)
Credits: 5
Limit: 240 students

Students must register for CSE 142 lecture and section AND 1 additional credit of CSE 390 to earn Honors credit for this course. Instructor will give details on registration for CSE 390 during week 1.

Basic programming-in-the-small abilities and concepts including procedural programming (methods, parameters, return values) , basic control structures (sequence, if/else, for loop, while loop), file processing, arrays and an introduction to defining objects.

CSE 143 A: Computer Programming II (NW)

SLN 12417 (View UW registration info »)

Stuart Reges (Computer Science & Engineering)
Office: Allen Center, Room 552, Box 352350
Phone: 206 685-9138
Credits: 5
Limit: 440 students

Students must register for CSE 143 lecture and section AND 1 additional credit of CSE 390 to earn Honors credit for this course. Instructor will give details on registration for CSE 390 during week 1.

Continuation of CSE 142. Concepts of data abstraction and encapsulation including stacks, queues, linked lists, binary trees, recursion, instruction to complexity and use of predefined collection classes. Prerequisite: CSE 142.

Honors 222 A: Disaster Science: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Marine Oil Spills (NW)

SLN 14430 (View UW registration info »)

Robert Pavia (School of Marine Affairs)
Office: 3707 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Box 359485
Phone: 206 502-5243
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

"After catastrophic spills, when the acute effects of oiled beaches, polluted waterways, and dying wildlife are featured in all the media, there is public outcry and political interest, accompanied by calls for action, for more research, and for better prevention and control measures. Later, as acute effects fade, but longer-term and less obvious problems may continue, public interest-and with it political interest-fade. ..." (National Research Council, 1994).

Over the past decade, there have been between 3,000 and 5,000 marine spill incidents annually. Marine oil spills are among the most visible and potentially damaging threats to fish and wildlife and their habitats, regional economies, and the people of a region in which a spill occurs. They can impact international relations, national energy policy, and even election outcomes, yet few people understand the scientific foundations of spills.

We will begin with an introduction to oil spills that have had a major impact on response science, technology, and policy in the United States. Each spill will illustrate key disciplines that provide the scientific foundation for mitigating spill impacts, such as physical oceanography, chemistry, geomorphology, and ecosystem interactions. Oil spill science considers 5 basic questions when examining a spill scenario:

1. What are the spilled oil's characteristics?
2. What will be the oil's fate?
3. What natural and economic resources are at risk?
4. What will be the effects to natural and human systems?
5. What can be done to mitigate those effects?

Answering these questions requires an interdisciplinary approach that considers both natural and social sciences. In exploring the 5 questions of spill response, we will examine:

- Oil spill history - science and policy framework.
- Oil spill fate and behavior in the marine environment.
- Spill response methods for open water and shorelines.
- Natural resource and human effects

We expect students to be new to this topic and many to be non-science majors. Course materials and lectures will consider the backgrounds, experience, and goals of enrolled students. The course will rely on lectures from the instructor and guest lecturers with first-hand spill response experience to conveying general principles and key features of oil spills. Lectures will provide examples of how to apply science to improve spill response actions and reduce impacts to coastal communities. Students will learn and apply planning methods such as ecological risk assessment and tools such as computer models to understand and evaluate spill response alternatives. Instruction methods will use a variety of approaches beyond lectures to help ensure successful learning by non-science majors.

Some class time will be devoted to discussion of assigned readings drawn from scientific literature, government policy and plans, the popular press, and social media. Throughout the course, students will be expected to engage in critical examination of lectures and readings through peer-to-peer discussions, small group work, and short homework assignments.

There will be one group assignment where students will apply knowledge and skills gained in the class to examine alternative approaches to spill response. The project will involve either a critical evaluation of a past spill or developing a hypothetical spill example. The assignment will require that the group evaluate, synthesize, analyze, and apply course content.

Class will conclude with an oil spill response drill where students assume key decision-making roles in a hypothetical oil spill disaster.

The course will strongly encourage student participation, discussion, and peer collaboration. Differing points of view are encouraged when presented in a positive context. Student can expect a high level of success if they attend lectures and complete the readings and course assignments.

More info at https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/bobpavia/27623/178952.

Honors 222 B: Transformational Technologies for Biology, Medicine, and Health (NW)

SLN 14431 (View UW registration info »)

John Gennari (Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics)
Phone: 616-6641
Credits: 5
Limit: 17 students

Offered jointly with MEBI 498 A.

In this course, you will learn how information technology is transforming the study and practice of biology, medicine, and health care. We introduce the field of biomedical & health informatics through four modules that focus on current technologies in the field: (1) Electronic health records, (2) Medical imaging informatics, (3) Bioinformatics and synthetic biology, and (4) Public health surveillance systems. The technologies we cover in these modules arose from multi-disciplinary research-some blending of computer science, information science, biology research, and clinical research.

Each module includes (a) some hands-on experience with a specific software application, (b) discussion of the pragmatic uses and implications of the software, (c) discussion of the theory and concepts underlying that application, and (d) a hands-on assignment where students (or teams of students) must use, modify or adapt the software to a particular setting or purpose. In addition, across the modules, we will learn common themes and open research problems that hold in the field of biomedical informatics.

In addition to the four projects (some of which are team-based), there will be two on-line exams. As a multi-disciplinary research seminar, there will be readings from the primary literature, and I expect classroom participation in discussions. For more information see http://faculty.washington.edu/gennari/teaching/mebi498/.

Honors 222 C: Energy and Environment: Humans and Nature (NW)

SLN 14432 (View UW registration info »)

Peter Rhines (Oceanography)
Office: 319 Ocean Science Bldg, Box 355351
Phone: 543-0593
Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

This course explores the global environment and energy resources. It has a 'science core' yet is designed so that non-scientists can compete equally with science majors. It will heavily involve essay writing and investigation by student groups. The core will teach some of the essential ideas that underlie our environment: first from the solar origin of energy, to the 'heat engine' that is circulating atmosphere and ocean, and then following the track of living energy in the biosphere. The investigative research will center on energy use by humans, our need for 'green' energy, and conflicting needs of environment and economy: for example, the siting of a biomass burning plant in a small town to generate electricity, or the creation of a new hydropower complex in the wild mountains of Patagonia, southern Chile (both of which are real and current situations).

Energy and environment lead us also to deep questions of human history, philosophy and aesthetics: how do we grasp the complex connections between humans and Nature? How has the sudden globalization of economies and information affected our own neural networks? How must we respond to the triple challenge of increasing population, affluence and technology? Readings chosen from prominent environmental writers (for example Bill McKibben, Amory Lovins, Paul Ehrlich, Garrett Hardin, Aldo Leopold, E.O.Wilson) and TED lectures on the Web will inspire your essay writing.

Honors 396 A: Honors BIOL 220 Seminar (NW)

SLN 14441 (View UW registration info »)

Tolga Bilgen (Zoology)
Office: 430 Hitchcock, Box 355320
Phone: (206) 616-4029
Credits: 2
Limit: 25 students

Must be concurrently enrolled in BIOL 220.

ADD CODE REQUIRED. Email laurah13@uw.edu.

Honors 396 B: Honors BIOL 220 Seminar (NW)

SLN 14442 (View UW registration info »)

Tolga Bilgen (Zoology)
Office: 430 Hitchcock, Box 355320
Phone: (206) 616-4029
Credits: 2
Limit: 25 students

Must be concurrently enrolled in BIOL 220.

ADD CODE REQUIRED. Email laurah13@uw.edu.

MATH 126 C: Honors Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (NW)

SLN 15700 (View UW registration info »)

Credits: 5
Limit: 50 students

Add codes are available from Math Department.
Students must have completed Honors Math 125.
Students must register for section CA or CB. Check Time Schedule for section information.

Third quarter in calculus sequence. Introduction to Taylor polynomials and Taylor series, vector geometry in three dimensions,introduction to multivariable differential calculus, double integrals in Cartesian and polar coordinates.

MATH 136 A: Accelerated (Honors) Advanced Calculus (NW)

SLN 15719 (View UW registration info »)

John Palmieri (Mathematics)
Office: C538 PDL, Box 354350
Phone: 206 543-1785
Credits: 5
Limit: 40 students

Add code available from Math Department only.
Students must have completed Honors MATH 135.

Sequence covers the material of 124, 125, 126; 307, 308, 318. Third quarter of the first year of a two-year accelerated sequence. May not receive credit for both 126 and 136. For students with above average preparation, interest, and ability in mathematics.

MATH 336 A: Honors Accelerated Advanced Calculus (NW)

SLN 15756 (View UW registration info »)

James Morrow (Mathematics)
Office: C439 Padelford, Box 354350
Phone: 206 543-1161
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

Add code available from Math Department only.
Prerequisite: 2.0 in MATH 335.

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 309, 324, 326, 327, 328, and 427. Third quarter of the second year of an accelerated two-year sequence; prepares students for senior-level mathematics courses.

PHYS 123 B: Waves (NW)

SLN 17578 (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@uw.edu for add code.
Students must register for section & lab. Check Time Schedule for section information.

Electromagnetic waves, optics, waves in matter, and experiments in these topics 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 116 and PHYS 123. Prerequisite: MATH 126, MATH 129, or MATH 134, any of which may be taken concurrently; PHYS 122.

Honors 232 A: Political & Moral Context of Education & Schooling (I&S)

SLN 14434 (View UW registration info »)

Roger Soder (Education)
Office: MGH 211, Box 353600
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

Schooling is a major enculturating function of every society. It is a deeply embedded function in a society, so deeply embedded that it is often difficult to see how schooling works, and it is difficult to raise critical questions about its purpose, design, and functions. As the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski said, nothing is as difficult to see as the obvious.

This difficulty is experienced by many undergraduate students. Undergraduate students have spent more time in formal schooling agencies than in any other agency in society (other than the family). Their very familiarity with schooling is often an obstacle. Honors students in particular most likely have done very well in school: they know how to do school, as it were. But to do well in school is not the same as understanding the social, economic, and political functions of schooling.

The purpose of this course, then, is to deepen our fundamental understanding of the schooling function in American society. We will identify and address some of the major perennial and critical questions of the schooling through reading and discussion of classic and current texts. Those questions will include:

- How do we make useful distinctions between "education" and "schooling" and why are these distinctions important?
- What is the rule of public schools in helping to create and sustain conditions for an authentic and healthy democratic regime? And, moreover, what does "public" mean here?
- Should schools reflect our society as it is in terms of socioeconomic order and distribution of wealth, or should schools-in the words of sociologist George Counts-"help build a new social order?"
-Why do some people to better than others in school? What are some of the critical variables?
-How should schools deal with the tension between liberty and order in a democratic regime? And how should schools deal with the tension between liberty and equality?
-What is the historical context of the schooling function in the U.S.?
-How might we usefully frame discussions of democracy, equality, and access to schooling?
- What are the socio-economic and political relationships between K-12 schooling and higher education?

Readings will include selections from Aristotle, Quintilian, Montaigne, Whitehead, Richard Hofstadter, and George Counts, as well as contemporary authors on the politics of schooling in terms of race, gender, and social class. We also have three guest speakers.

Requirements: Short (1-2 pages, single-spaced) summary/analytical papers will be prepared for most of the readings; one longer (9-10 pages, single-spaced) final paper synthesizing and discussing the whole. No formal final exam. Numerical grading on a 4.0 scale. Given that class discussion is very important, attendance is critical.

Honors 232 B: The American West: Good and Bad, and very Ugly (I&S)

SLN 14435 (View UW registration info »)

Clarke Speed (Anthropology)
Credits: 5
Limit: 35 students

This course plows new ground in American Studies and Popular Culture. Using the tools of reading and writing cultural geographies, we move beyond ideals and myths of frontier-making into the violent cultural logics and representations used by radically different agents other-than civil elites. Our focus is on the dispossessed - the marginal, poor, and stigmatized. By realizing the presence of abject exclusion, we reinsert those rejected by civil society at the center of meaning-making. As allegory and reality of a politic (call it a new metaphor of Plato's cultural cave) the margin defines the civil center as people struggle to produce old codes through new land use and activities. In a strange and twisted cosmology, materials, encounters, social recognition, and prestige, coming crashing together in judgement. We explore this complex and complicated world where codes are violently contested and marked by, and on, participants. Texts include work from Larry McMurtry (2010), Wallace Stegner (2010), Cormac McCarthy (1992), and the geographer Michael Redclift (2006). Theory and method come from class discussion, lecture, and ideas appropriated from de Certeau and Badiou. As socratic process, the class is student generated, oriented toward dialogue, writing drafts, and a portfolio. Required work includes two concept papers, rewrites, two presentations, and a final accumulation paper. There is no final. There is something here for everyone.

Honors 232 C: Global Security, Corruption and Terrorism (I&S)

SLN 14436 (View UW registration info »)

Stephen Sulzbacher (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
Office: Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Box 359300
Phone: 206 987-2164
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

This course examines the roots of terrorism and corruption in the US and around the world. There are psychological and sociological mechanisms which dictate the life cycle of insurgent/terrorist movements and of criminal "mafias". The same principles explain the rise and fall of democracies and authoritarian regimes. We will look beyond al Qaeda and the Middle East, to study the Shining Path of Peru, the Mexican drug cartels, human trafficking, Cosa Nostra, and other threats to our homeland security. We will study the interaction of terrorist movements and crime cartels. Understanding the sociological/psychological forces in these diverse insurgencies can help us predict the true adversaries of the US for the 21st Century. Terrorism is a tactic of insurgency and of simple criminals. We will identify and study situations where innovative practices have succeeded in countering the growth of terrorist groups. We will also use a "real time" war gaming and peacemaker lab to study counterinsurgency in the Middle East.

We will form study groups of 3-4 to prepare and present to the class a "white paper" of about 20-25 pages on a major crime/corruption problem. Successive drafts of this paper will be due regularly as the course progress, so you can get constructive feedback from me and your classmates. This project will be 50% of your grade.
There will be one quiz on assigned readings about 3/4 of the way through the quarter, worth about 20% of your grade.
Each study group will also prepare a script and role play a short vignette to illustrate for the class how young people in other parts of the world perceive and are affected by crime and corruption (20% of your grade).

To hear your professor discuss more about the course, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiU2f2Q0_3Q

- broaden your understanding of the meaning of terrorism;
- Understand how crime and corruption affect international aid movements and global health;
- Study the history and mythology behind the key players in today's global conflicts;
- Learn to "see" conflict as your adversary sees it;
- Examine the blinders and filters of your own personal and educational history.

REQUIRED TEXT: Our primary text is "Corruption, Global Security, and World Order," edited by Robert Rotberg (Brookings, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8157-0329-7).
A supplemental (not required) text is "McMafia" by Misha Glenny (New York: Knopf, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4000-4411-5).

To learn more about how this course might fit into your career plans, look at: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2016084957_sept11education02.html

Honors 232 D: Privacy (I&S)

SLN 19975 (View UW registration info »)

Saadia Pekkanen (International Studies, School of Law)
Phone: 206 543-6148
Credits: 5
Limit: 18 students

Whose ideas about privacy should prevail if not everyone agrees? This interdisciplinary course subjects the meaning of privacy to critical examination. It draws upon works in law, literature, and the social sciences to pinpoint the dilemmas for states, societies, and individuals in the digital age. Students are invited to grapple with the political, social, and ethical aspects of contemporary controversies, and to reflect on the evolution of privacy in the world order.

SIS 202 AI: Cultural Interactions (I&S)

SLN 18251 (View UW registration info »)

Cabeiri Robinson (International Studies)
Office: 429 Thomson Hall, Box 353650
Phone: (206) 543-1693
Credits: 5
Limit: 24 students

Students must also register for SIS 202 A lecture. See Time Schedule for course information.

No add code required as of 3/22/12. See Time Schedule to enroll.

Cultural interaction among societies and civilizations, particularly Western and non-Western. Intellectual, cultural, social, and artistic aspects; historical factors.

SIS 202 AJ: Cultural Interactions (I&S)

SLN 18252 (View UW registration info »)

Cabeiri Robinson (International Studies)
Office: 429 Thomson Hall, Box 353650
Phone: (206) 543-1693
Credits: 5
Limit: 24 students

Students must also register for SIS 202 A lecture. See Time Schedule for course information.

No add code required as of 3/22/12. See Time Schedule to enroll.

Cultural interaction among societies and civilizations, particularly Western and non-Western. Intellectual, cultural, social, and artistic aspects; historical factors.

ENGL 281 A: Intermediate Expository Writing - Argument in the Face of Power (C)

SLN 13422 (View UW registration info »)

Credits: 5
Limit: 23 students

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

See the Time Schedule to enroll. No add code required as of 3/21/12.

Honors 397 C: Honors 100 Peer Educator Prep Seminar

SLN 19704 (View UW registration info »)

Brook Kelly (Honors)
Office: MGH 211, Box 352800
Phone: 221.6131
Laura Harrington (Honors)
Office: MGH 211, Box 352800
Phone: 205 543-7444
Aley Willis (Honors Program)
Office: 211 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352800
Phone: 221-6074
Credits: 1, c/nc
Limit: 25 students

For Autumn 2012 Honors 100 Peer Educators only.

Honors 398 A: The Healing Power of Poetry (VLPA)

SLN 14445 (View UW registration info »)

Arthur Ginsberg (Classics)
Office: Classics, Box 353110
Phone: 2063694836
Credits: 2
Limit: 12 students

Please note: for students completing the new Honors curriculum, this course does NOT fulfill core requirements, but will instead count as elective credit. Students completing the old curriculum will receive credit toward their seminar requirement.

This honors seminar seeks to explore the interface between poetry and the healing arts. In an age when technology dominates our daily experience, the emotional parameters of illness are often overlooked. The human brain has not changed in the last ten thousand years in its need for expression surrounding fear and grief. We will discuss the limbic system and correlates of functional MRI in understanding patterns of brain activation. Students will start by acquiring basic poetic craft and techniques to bring music and emotion into language. The history of poetry in medicine will be examined: its value in retrospective reflection, as a tool for teaching compassion to medical students, and as a vehicle for expression in mentally and physically afflicted patients. Distinguished physician-poets will be discussed and each student will participate in socalization of a selection of these poems. Examples of cross cultural traditions of poetry will be briefly reviewed. Each student will be required to generate "in-class" writing as well as writing assignments, and to create 2 poems; one about personal experience of illness or injury, the second about an illness sustained by a friend or loved one that has affected the student's life. An editor, co-editor and "tech" production advisor will be chosen by the class to produce a 30 page book of poetry for publication by the university by the end of the seminar. A group reading at the HUB or University Bookstore, in which all students will participate will substitute for a final examination. My role will be as
facilitator and guide to provoke thought and to generate innovative poems.

Honors 398 B: Music in Russia, Russia in Music (VLPA)

SLN 14446 (View UW registration info »)

Claudia Jensen (Slavic Languages & Literature)
Credits: 3
Limit: 20 students

Please note: for students completing the new Honors curriculum, this course does NOT fulfill core requirements, but will instead count as elective credit. Students completing the old curriculum will receive credit toward their seminar requirement.

What is Russian about Russian music? Is there a typically Russian style or a characteristic Russian sound? Can a Russian composer write music that is not Russian?

This course will explore concepts of Russian music and formulations of musical nationalism by surveying the core repertory of the nineteenth and the first part of the twentieth century in Russia. We will focus on symphonies, operas, and ballets as we consider how composers and audiences in both Russia and in the West defined and redefined this concept. Our survey will include music by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Musorgsky, and other members of the group known as the "The! Five" or "The Mighty Handful." As we move into the twentieth century we will consider works by Stravinsky (especially those associated with the Ballets russes), Scriabin, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and others.

No previous musical experience required; score-reading not required. There will be listening and reading assignments, with written responses, class presentations, and discussions.

Honors 397 A: Prep Seminar for Honors in Amsterdam (I&S)

SLN 14443 (View UW registration info »)

Katherine Beckett (Sociology)
Office: Gowen 44, Box 353340
Phone: 206 543-4461
Steve Herbert (Geography; Law, Societies and Justice Program)
Credits: 3
Limit: 20 students

For students participating in the summer 2012 Honors in Amsterdam program. Add codes will be distributed upon acceptance into the program.

Honors 397 B: Prep Seminar for Honors in Ecuador (I&S)

SLN 14444 (View UW registration info »)

Chuck Henry (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)
Office: 18115 Campus Way NE; Bothell, WA 98115, Box 358530
Phone: 425 352-3587
Elena Olsen (UW Bothell)
Credits: 3
Limit: 20 students

For students participating in the summer 2012 Honors in Ecuador program. Add codes will be distributed upon acceptance into the program.