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                                    Fall 2011 Themes for HON 1000C (DNY 100
(Art)
Art & Architecture in NYC




(Art)
DNY ART
(Art)
NYC through the Viewfinder




(The Global City)
New York: The Immigrant City




(The Global City)
The Ever-Changing City




(The Global City)
Historical Perspective of Wealth & Poverty in NYC




                                    Fall 2011 Themes for HON 1030C (ENG 100
(Cultural Issues, Creativity, & Writing)
Passport, Please…




(Contemporary Politics, Social Justice, & Writing)
People’s Writing




(Contemporary Politics, Social Justice, & Writing)
Writing & Social Justice




(Craft, Multiple Genres, & Writing)
Crafting the Self: Bookmaking as Critical Inquiry




(Craft, Multiple Genres, & Writing)
From the Blogosphere to the Documentary Film:
Reading & Writing Multimodal Texts (ONLINE
COURSE)

                                           Fall 2011 Themes for HON 2700C (SCI 100
Geo-Science




Scientific Inquiry: A General Perspective




                                        Fall 2011 Additional Honors Course Offerin
HON 1010C (PHI 1000C)
Philosophy of the Human Person


HON 2200C (HIS 1000C)
Emergence of a Global Society

HON 1050C (THE 1000C)
Perspectives on Christianity: A Catholic Approach

HON 1020C (SPE 1000C)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
HON 1085 (PSY 1000C)
Introductory Psychology (St. John's College majors
only)
HON 1060 (GOV 1030)
American National Government (St. John's College
majors only)
Honors Course Themes & Descriptions
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2011 Themes for HON 1000C (DNY 1000C)
       This course will introduce the student to the visual arts as they relate to the culture and history of New York City.
       Together we will examine the complex reasons, such as the enormous impact of 19th century immigration, behind
       the dramatic growth of a tiny trading out-post into the most powerful and influential city in the world. We will
       continue to explore the cultural diversity of New York City as understood through its Visual Arts. Students will
       have the opportunity to enjoy first hand some of the world’s finest examples of painting, sculpture, architecture,
       and film while developing skills vital for their success in all areas of pursuit.
       This course is an analysis of aspects of the city of New York through the lens of multiple art forms. Students will
       explore the world of the artists and the work they create in a city that is a center of global culture.
       This course will provide an introduction to New York City, examine it through the lens of the camera, and discuss
       how photography has shaped our perception of New York, its people, its structures, flavor and rhythm. Themes of
       immigration, race/ethnicity, religion, wealth, poverty, and the urban environment will be addressed in relation to
       how photographers have shaped our perception and views of history. Students are required to take field trips as
       part of their study, photograph, and complete 6 hours of course related service.
       Students focus on the history of New York City through studying immigration and the ever-changing population
       of the city. Students will complete a research project studying immigration/migration patterns in a New York
       neighborhood. Students may participate in a service-learning project with a local school that serves neighborhood
       needs. Students make connections between their reading and coursework with their research project, service
       experience, and field trips to immigration sites such as Ellis Island.


       This course is an investigation of New York City from its earliest settlement through its incorporation as the city
       of five boroughs we know today. During the course of the semester we will investigate both the changing physical
       plan of the city, as well as its ever-changing population. Along the way, students will develop skills that will help
       navigate through the college experience and will be applicable to the college experience as a whole. Whether
       students are new to town, or have lived here all your life, they will quickly find that there are many things to
       explore and learn about this ever - changing city.
       This approach is historical and considers how wealth ad poverty both played such important roles in the
       development and identity of New York City. It explores the remarkably innovative ways in which economic
       growth created opportunity, fulfillment and greater individual freedom, but also heeds the tremendous human cost
       of its dazzling achievements. Contemporary poverty is studied in its evolving and changing circumstances and
       contexts as is the pursuit of wealth. Finally, this course probes questions of our cultural identity and examines
       how these forces made New York City unique.


2011 Themes for HON 1030C (ENG 1000C)
     This intensive writing course will explore the boundary between the public and private, a boundary that is both a
     particular place and an abstract idea. We will examine how this boundary is
     described/inscribed/reinforced/resisted by writing. In particular our discussion of this boundary will center on the
     passport as a document that organizes information about us into a neat little booklet. Through a series of papers
     that emerge from the different categories present in the passport – categories such as name, language, gender,
     nation, and the like – we will attempt to “reclaim” this document from the government bureaucracy of which it is a
     part and recast it in a form that can better represent who we are and how we engage the world, ultimately allowing
     us a greater freedom to travel where we will. In addition to this series of papers, students will complete weekly
     writing assignments, both in class and out, and complete a final “Creative Passport,” where they will collect,
     reflect, and reclaim the writing they did over the course of the semester.
     Times are changing. As people, you’re changing: teen to adult, dependent to independent, apprentice to
     professional. How can we capture the present moment as history? How have other writers and artists documented
     their realities as they lived them? How have they communicated their visions of the world? In this class, we’ll
     explore techniques for writing our present and determining our futures.
     We’ll begin the semester by examining how people use stories in everyday conversations and in a variety of
     writing situations. We’ll write a couple of personal stories (narratives) to document important experiences. At the
     same time, we’ll pay attention to stories we see in the news. Who writes these reports, and why? What makes
     them believable? We’ll ask similar questions about stories we find in song lyrics, advertisements, and in
     documents written by everyday people who use narratives to create change in the world.
     As we move through the semester, we’ll extend our investigation to how and why people include multiple voices
     and perspectives in writing. We’ll ask first, “What Englishes do you speak? What Englishes do you write? What
     forces and experiences inform your attitudes about the languages you speak and write?” After looking at our own
     practices, attitudes, and access to audiences, we’ll investigate these questions in wider contexts. What kinds of
     information can we find easily, and what kinds are impossible to find? How can we increase the odds that we’ll
     find relevant, believable information as we research questions we care about?
     Throughout the semester, you’ll notice what kinds of writing make you care and believe, and you’ll experiment
     with techniques you admire. We’ll document and research living issues and spread the news with dispatches from
     home or dorm. Right now happens only once: write it, remember it, and pass it on.

     This course will explore the rhetorical choices available to us as writers when we are fighting for causes we
     believe in. We will study the “moves” made by writers working for a better world in the past and present. Our
     projects will give students the opportunity to connect the personal to the political, engage in genuine inquiry and
     research, collaborate with peers, and send writing out into the world beyond campus. Specific topics to be
     discussed will vary according to student interest and events making the news, but an effort will be made to
     investigate matters connected to race, social class, gender, the environment, healthcare, and animal welfare.
     This section of ENG 1000c revolves around a semester-long book project written about what you are burning to
     tell the world. Your book will reflect your personal history, and include stories you have grown up with and
     stories you wish to pass on. In doing this work you will be drawing on a variety of sources to deepen and
     contextualize your narrative. You will be asked to move beyond the surface of your story and think critically
     about the social implications of writing a text of this nature. At the end of the semester you will submit a hand-
     Most book and then determine where the will they reach college. For many, this is because they've been
     made students learn to hate writing by you time send a copy.
     encouraged to just race through, quickly finishing papers about topics they never cared about to begin with. When
     those papers come back, marked with arbitrary grades – often a measure of how well they do things the teacher
     expects of them but hasn't taught – student ideas are left for dead, like victims of a hit-and-run.

l 2011 Themes for HON 2700C (SCI 1000C)
      After activity-based discussions about the nature of scientific inquiry and thinking and how science is different
      from other fields of knowledge, the theme of this course focuses on the ‘modern geosciences’. Our
      understanding of the Earth has been revolutionized in the late 20th century by several key advances. Now, at the
      beginning of the 21st century, we look at these advances and show how the science itself has changed as new
      evidence has become available; the advent of space science and the study of planets within and outside the solar
      system has allowed us to understand the origin of the Earth and how the Earth is related to the larger Universe; the
      revolution of plate tectonic theory allows us to understand the Earth as a dynamic body that is still evolving and
      gives us insight into geological hazards and resources; and the concept of deep geological time allows us to
      understand the planetary history including the history of life and evolutionary changes that have taken place over
      billions of years. These are exciting times in the geosciences and these new ways of understanding the Earth are
      important if we are to address pressing problems like climate change, human impacts to the environment and
       This course will fulfill the core curriculum requirement in science. This course introduces students to the
      fundamental processes of science through the exploration of a specific topic in modern science, such as
      astronomy, atomic theory, energy, biodiversity and global change, evolution, genetics, infectious disease, plate
      tectonics and geochronology, and quantum mechanics. Students will investigate the historic development of the
      particular theme, and will analyze societal issues dealing with science in terms of values, ethics, and
      responsibilities
ll 2011 Additional Honors Course Offerings
      An investigation of the general question “What does it mean to be a human person?” Special emphasis on the
      nature of human freedom, consciousness and cognition, and the origin and significance of life. Central to the
      course will be a discussion of the spirituality, immortality and dignity of the human person. The course begins
      with an introduction to philosophy and to critical thinking.
      A survey of the historical foundations of contemporary societies: global dissemination of scientific, technological
      and industrial revolutions; the spread of world religions, democracy and internationalism; accommodation and
      resistance to Western hegemony; globalization as a historical force.
      An introduction to Christianity highlighting belief statements, practices, scripture, rites, theological writings,
      artistic expressions, and other discourses manifesting and expressing the Christian faith in its various traditions
      through its development. All students regardless of religious affiliation must take THE 1000C .
      Students learn to apply the basic principles of purposive speaking with primary emphasis on extemporaneous
      public speaking.
      An introduction to scientific psychology and its methods. The course presents a survey of the major areas within
      the discipline of psychology, including the psychology of personality, abnormal behavior, learning, sensation and
      perception, social processes, states of consciousness, individual differences, thinking, language and human
      development.
      The nature of United States federalism; the structure and work of the national government; the executive branch;
      the Congress and executive-legislative relationship; the federal judiciary with reference to appropriate
      constitutional cases and the departments and administrative establishment.

				
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