Honors Course Archive

Summer 2012

Honors 210 A: Modern Japan through Cinema (VLPA)

SLN 11630 (View UW registration info »)

Ted Mack (Asian Languages and Literature)
Credits: 5
Limit: 30 students

A TERM ONLY (June 18-July 18)

This course will be an introduction to modern Japan through its cinema, in which we will use a wide variety of twentieth-century films to discuss a wide variety of topics. Not only will be viewing films in a variety of genres -- documentary, drama, comedy, science fiction, historical, supernatural, avant-garde, and animation -- we will also be discussing topics ranging from the nature of art to the moral questions of nuclear modernity. Although our discussions will be sensitive to the specific nature of film as an expressive medium, we will consider the topics of art, history, society, war, propaganda, tradition, and morality.

Students are expected to watch films on their own prior to class discussion. All films will be available via streaming and in DVD format for viewing in the Media Center. Please note that while the streamed versions are convenient, the DVD versions are of higher quality.

Honors 210 can be used to fulfill the national cinema requirement for the Cinema Studies degree in the Department of Comparative Literature.

For more about the class, see http://faculty.washington.edu/tmack/1011/as210.html.

Honors 210 B: The Triune God in East and West (VLPA)

SLN 11631 (View UW registration info »)

Eugene Webb (International Studies, School of Law)
Phone: 206 543-4835
Credits: 5
Limit: 20 students

A TERM ONLY (June 18-July 18)

This course will study the history of the symbolism of the Triune God from its origin in the imagery of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament through its diverging interpretations as either an experiential or a speculative symbolism, leading eventually to the separation of the eastern and western Christian traditions over these differences and their implications. The text for the course will be Professor Webb's manuscript of a book in progress, which will be distributed to students in PDF form. Classes will consist mainly of discussion of topics selected from the various chapters. There will be a one hour mid-term exam for all students, but students will be able to choose between completing the course with a final exam or writing a paper of about 8-10 pages to be turned in at the last class meeting.

Honors 230 A: Experiments in Ethnography (I&S)

SLN 11632 (View UW registration info »)

Clarke Speed (Anthropology)
Credits: 5
Limit: 15 students

B TERM ONLY (July 19-August 17)

Offered jointly with ANTH 204 A (SLN 10083)

This course is an introduction to the nuts and bolts of doing and writing ethnography. It is suitable to anthropology majors, but is designed especially for non-majors. We de-mystify ethnographic methods into phases - generating data, knowledge capture, writing scenario, encounter with critical cultural agents, the conflict of imagination, making theory and text, and written integration as a hegemony. Depending on perspective, such a process makes data into science, interpretation into popular culture, or both. Other possibilities do exist and we will explore these as well. As a Socratic dialogue, there are no right answers. There are, however, well crafted arguments. Student evaluation is based on two short concepts papers, rewrites, and a final accumulation paper. As a student run course, each of you teach class once with a precis and presentation. Participation, attendance, and a cumulative portfolio of words/worlds, concepts, and diagrams are factored into overall performance. All work must be completed to pass the course. Texts include Umberto Eco's Travel in Hyper Reality (1994), Gottlieb and Graham's Parallel Worlds (1994) and Gottlieb's Under the Kapok Tree (1992). Please email Speed at landogo@u.washington.edu with any questions or concerns. All are welcome.