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Course Descriptions Fall 2012

Writing 100H

Writing 100H sections 01 (Cook) and 02 (Collins)

Welcome to Honors Writing and Rhetoric. The purpose of this course is to allow you to engage in writing for school, or academic writing, in new ways. As a group, we will consider what academic writing has meant to you up to this point. And, both together and individually, we will strive to find potential for the terms "writing" and "research" to take on new meanings and possibilities for you.

In this course, you will actively engage in observation, discussion, interviews, fieldwork, and a variety of high-stakes and low-stakes writing. As our primary text, we will be using Fieldworking, 4th ed. (Sunstein & Chiseri-Strater, 2011), which takes an innovative approach to academic writing by inviting you to engage in authentic, primary research of a subculture of your choice. As the semester progresses, you will move from basic observations of the subculture you choose to careful consideration of how to represent that subculture, and your original research, in both traditional and digital formats to a public audience. In addition to your primary research in the field, you will also read secondary source materials, view fieldworking documentaries in class, and learn how to use the College's scholarly databases, among other things.

We hope to challenge you in this course – your writing and communication skills, your observation skills, your understanding of process and product, your ideas about research and academic writing and, especially, the way you represent people and ideas in your writing for diverse audiences. We also hope that this project and this course will allow you to explore and represent, through reading, writing, and speaking, authentic intellectual questions that interest you.

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Core Courses

Core 3: Seminar in Non-Western Worlds

Selected issues and developments are examined in non-Western cultures from various disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Emphasis is on the response of non-Western cultures to challenges faced by Western cultures.

4 credit hours. Prerequisite: acceptance into General Education Honors or consent of program director. Offered fall.

Honors 163: Eastern Philosophy (Shogenji)

This course explores Asian philosophical traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. We will focus on Asian conceptions of reality and self, theories of knowledge, systems of ethical relationships, beliefs about human nature, and the role of philosophy in people’s lives.

Honors 163: Africa (Scott)

We will read, discuss and analyze literary works by writers from Africa and the Caribbean. We will examine the historical and cultural contexts that authors use to dialogue with Western literary traditions and with their own "Non-Western" contexts. Ultimately, we will connect our readings to historical and literary contexts like colonialism, postcolonial theory, the hybridization of cultures, and globalization.

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HONORS 100: First Year Seminars

(FYS) Honors 100-01: Snooki For President? The Politics of Reality TV (Brophy-Baermann)
Students will examine the genre of television programming known as Reality Television (RTV) and its various sub-genres (i.e., talent, slice-of-life, big contest, game show, romance) in order to better understand the ways in which it reflects and shapes American socio-politico-economic culture. Topics include: What does privacy mean in the age of RTV? What does it mean when politicians become RTV stars and RTV stars talk politics? What stories does RTV tell us about such topics as race, ethnicity, gender, sex, class and power? What values do reality shows promote and denigrate?

(FYS) Honors 100-02: Explore Providence! (Hughes)
Founded in 1636 as a place of refuge and religious liberty, Providence blossomed since as one of the country's first true cities. This course, emphasizing experiential and textual learning, inspires students to learn more about the present through a study of Providence's history, culture, literature and architecture. Key American experiences will be investigated, including immigration, industrialization and urbanization, through historical and literary sources, as well as multiple explorations of our city.

(FYS) Honors 100-03: Bodies and Embodiments (Hall)
Spirit incarnate in flesh. The human (or non-human) self manifest in the physical. The idea represented in and through language and artistic form. The intangible made concrete. Embodiment is a seminal idea across many areas of academic study. Employing close analysis of selected literary, philosophical, visual, and film texts from Plato and Milton to Frankenstein and RoboCop, we will explore embodiment as it relates to fundamental issues in Western thought and culture. Those issues will include notions of the human, self-identity, transcendence, morality, the aesthetic, gender, and sexuality.

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HONORS 150: The Honors Experience

Honors 150 is a one-credit, pass/fail course for incoming freshmen in the General Education Honors Program that seeks to build community among those students through a variety of academic, co-curricular, and social experiences. Students will be told about various resources, organizations, and opportunities at Rhode Island College; will make connections with their chosen academic departments; and will be introduced to the possibilities for research and creativity in their selected fields of study. The class is limited to 25 students.

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Area Distribution Requirements

English 100H Studies in Literature: The Bonds of Love: Gender, Love, and Power in Literature (B. Schapiro)

This course will focus on the interplay of gender, love, and power in literature. We will examine representations of romantic love and strife between the sexes through the ages, looking particularly at the tension between autonomy and dependency and how that tension is affected by cultural norms and ideology. The texts will reflect a variety of genres and historical periods, ranging from ancient Greek plays to contemporary American short stories and films. 

Mathematics 139H: Contemporary Topics (Sparks)

This course introduces assorted topics in contemporary real world mathematics, with the idea of improving mathematical literacy and appreciation along with teaching certain specific areas of mathematical knowledge. Topics to be covered include election theory, distribution of power in the house of representatives, the traveling salesman problem, networks, and some home finance (which includes a way to show how we should all quite easily be able to retire as millionaires).

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