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Spring 2017 Course Catalog

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UHON 122.002 Legacy of Exploration CRN: 37359 

Troy Lovata,

12:30pm-1:45pm  TR 
Core: Humanities

This course examines why people have explored mountains and the draw of reaching high altitude. Students will study first-hand accounts, literature, and primary sources of both historic and contemporary mountain journeys from around the world and compare them to their own experiences here in the Mountain West.  Read more...

UHON 122.003 Legacy of Failure: Losing and Losers: An Interdisciplinary Study of Failure CRN: 38086 

Ryan Swanson,
11:00am-12:15pm MW
Core: Writing and Speaking

This course will investigate notable failures and "losers" in America's past and present and weave together economics, history, and psychology in order to address how and why these failures occurred. Just as significantly, students will study how the rejections were received.  Read more...

UHON 122.004 Legacy of Humans and Environment CRN: 40116

Lizabeth Johnson,
9:30am-10:45am   TR
Core: Humanities

Since the beginning of recorded human history, human beings have had a close, but often adversarial, relationship with their environment. The early myths of Near Eastern and European society demonstrate that Babylonians, Egyptians, and Israelites recognized that they were dependent upon their environment for survival, but at the same time feared the power of their environment.  Read more...

UHON 122.005 Legacy of the Renegade CRN:  43662

Nora Hickey,

11:00am-12:15pm TR
Core: Humanities

In this course, we will explore the trajectory of the renegade in American Arts and Literature from the 19th century emergence of Jazz, to the modern tale of Chris McCandless as told in Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.  Read more...

UHON 122.006 Legacy of the Arthurian Legend CRN:  44385

Lizabeth Johnson,

2:00pm-3:15pm TR

Core: Humanities

As evidenced by some of the earliest written documents in human history, human beings need heroes. Heroes are the figures, whether male or female, that we admire, respect, view with awe, and, in some cases, rely on for protection from that which threatens us individually or collectively. While the earliest hero tales in Western Civilization originated in the Near East and in Greece between 2800 and 1200 BCE, only one hero has had an extremely long life in terms of the number of stories told about him over time, and those stories themselves show the remarkable degree to which this hero, and his companions, have been modified over time to suit the needs and desires of successive audiences. That hero is King Arthur.  Read more...

UHON 201.001 Becoming a Better Writer CRN: 38740 

Stever Brewer,
9:00am-11:30am W 
Core: Writing and Speaking

In this course, we'll explore the elements of good writing, and get lots of practice in writing and editing nonfiction and short fiction.  Read more...

UHON 201.002 The Articulate Citizen CRN: 37976 

Richard Obenauf,
11:00am-12:15pm  MW 
Core: Writing and Speaking

Our Founding Fathers considered a well-informed citizenry crucial to the survival of our republic. In this course, we will critically evaluate some of the most important essays, speeches, and other documents from American History and use them as models for our own writing.  Read more...

UHON 201.003 Female Comics & Poetry CRN: 38741 

Nora Hickey,
2:00pm-3:15pm TR 
Core: Writing and Speaking

In this course, we will examine self-portraits of women in a wide variety of comics and poetry. From the early poems of Sappho to the newest work of Marjane Satrapi, this course will focus on each woman’s work as an act of definition. Read more...

UHON 201.004 Female Comics & Poetry CRN: 42267 

Nora Hickey,
3:30pm-6:00pm   TR  (2nd 8 Weeks Class)  
Core: Writing and Speaking

In this course, we will examine self-portraits of women in a wide variety of comics and poetry. From the early poems of Sappho to the newest work of Marjane Satrapi, this course will focus on each woman’s work as an act of definition.  Read more...

UHON 202.001 Math in the World: Statistics  CRN: 38742

Carmen Sorge,
11:00am-12:15pm   MW  
Core: Mathematics

Have you ever wondered why first the newspaper tells you that coffee prevents cancer, and the next day the headlines proclaim coffee will kill you? This course is designed to equip you with the statistical tools and knowledge to interpret and analytically analyze data.  Read more...

UHON 203.001 Physics is Everywhere CRN: 37975

Carmen Sorge,
9:00am-10:15am   MW 
Core: Physical and Natural Science

This course is about understanding physics in the world around you. Many students have the impression that science (physics in particular) is a bunch of rules discovered a long time ago by a bunch of boring dead white guys. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more...

UHON 203.002 Physics is Everywhere & Lab CRN: 40117

Carmen Sorge,
9:00am-11:00am   MW  
Core: Physical and Natural Science

This course is about understanding physics in the world around you. Many students have the impression that science (physics in particular) is a bunch of rules discovered a long time ago by a bunch of boring dead white guys. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more...

UHON 203.003 Energy, Burning the World from Both Ends CRN: 40118

Patrick Johnson,
3:30pm-4:45pm   TR 
Core: Physical and Natural Science

This is an energy-science literacy course for anyone and it is designed to equip you with a better understanding of the scientific method and how physics, chemistry and biology shape our daily lives. Read more...

UHON 204.001 Globalization Human Rights CRN: 37974

Sarita Cargas,
3:00pm-5:30pm   W 
Core: Social and Behavioral Sciences

This course will examine the relationship between globalization and human rights. After gaining an understanding of where globalization came from and how it helps or hurts human rights we will use the case study of global food security to analyze how the two interact.  Read more...

UHON 204.002 Understanding Social Change CRN: 38753

Marygold Walsh-Dilley,
12:30pm-1:45pm   TR 
Core: Social and Behavioral Sciences

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the social and behavioral sciences, with a particular focus on theories of society and social change. We will take a tour through some of the principal theories of modern society that have emerged over the past 150 years in order to build a toolbox for understanding our contemporary social climate.  Read more...

UHON 204.004 Privileging the Past CRN: 41385

Troy Lovata,
11:00am-12:15pm   TR  
Core: Social and Behavioral Sciences

This Core Course uses the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Heritage Preservation, Folklore, and Cultural Geography to examine the different ways in which scholars, politicians, activists, heritage professionals, artists, advertisers, and members of the general public use and abuse prehistory and history.  Read more...

UHON 205.001 Living Eastern Legacies CRN: 40119

Dawn Stracener,
2:00pm-4:30pm   W 
Core: Humanities

The major focus of this seminar is for students to experience the rich, living cultural, philosophical, historical, and literary legacies of India, China, and Japan. Seminar participants will explore the means through which these legacies have changed and endured from the pre-modern through the post-modern eras. Read more...

UHON 205.002 Surviving the Holocaust CRN: 43121

Sheri Karmiol,
1:00pm-2:15pm   MW  
Core: Humanities

The texts that we will read this semester—the diaries, letters, and memoirs—that have survived the Shoah remain the best evidence of the Holocaust’s existence. Our experiences with these texts will give voice to Europe’s Jewish population and refute the claims of Holocaust deniers. Read more...

UHON 205.003 Atomic Bomb Culture CRN: 39295

Myrriah Gomez,
11:00am-12:15pm   MW 
Core: Humanities

In this course we will interpret, analyze, and evaluate cultural production that evolved alongside the atomic bomb paying close attention to how Chicana/o, Native American, and African American peoples are represented in such works.  Read more...

UHON 205.004 Questioning Authority CRN: 39296

Kathryn Collison,
12:00pm-2:30pm   M 
Core: Humanities

How have film and literature changed our morals and ethics? How have they informed us of the human condition or of our approach to society, including our mores and values? In this class, we will look at texts and films that hold at their center a certain questioning of authority—or maybe even a warning of what may come of our current social structures and policies. Read more...

UHON 205.005 Poe Talks to Freud CRN: 39297

Renee Faubion,
8:00am-9:15am   TR 
Core: Humanities

Ever wonder why we shudder when we see our own blood? Or why the dark seems full of demons—even when we know it isn’t—and why we feel they are coming for us? This seminar sets out to explore these questions by considering nineteenth-century gothic narratives against the history of theories of horror drawn from philosophy, aesthetics, and psychology.  Read more...

UHON 205.006 Orality of Poetry CRN: 41418

Bruce Noll,
9:00pm-10:15am   MW 
Core: Humanities

This course explores poetry from the perspectives of performance and critical listening to better understand the ways in which poetry can be communicated in spoken form. A plethora of poetry will be evaluated from aesthetic and technical perspectives as experienced through vocalization.  Read more...

UHON 207.001 Social Transformation Through Art CRN: 37977

Megan Jacobs,
12:30pm-1:45pm   TR 
Core: Fine Arts

Art can reflect and can alter the historical, social and political framework in which it was created. We will investigate how art has been used as a tool to transform cultural perspectives, alter policies, and prompt social change from the 1900s to today. Read more...

UHON 207.002 Musical Theater in America CRN: 39080

Maria Szasz,
8:00am-9:15am   TR 
Core: Fine Arts

Fine Arts as Global Perspective: Musical Theatre in America will carefully consider one of America’s unique contributions to the fine arts. We will read, listen to, and watch excerpts from the most revolutionary musicals from 1904-2004, concentrating primarily on American works. Read more...

UHON 302.001 Making of a Magazine Part II (Scribendi) CRN: 35584

Amaris Ketcham,
2:00pm-3:15pm  TR

Scribendi is an annual undergraduate honors publication affiliated with the Western Regional Honors Council as well as Honors College. Produced at UNM by a staff of Honors College students, Scribendi publishes work by students in more than 850 honors programs and colleges nationwide.  Read more...

UHON 302.004 Culture of Serial Killers CRN: 38762

Renee Faubion,
9:30am-10:45am  TR

The Ripper crimes, perhaps the most famous serial killings in western culture, will be a focus of extended study this semester as we try to understand how a range of cultural forces, including sensationalism, anti-Semitism, Victorian sexuality, and social reform movements, came together to shape responses to this legendary crime.  Read more...

UHON 302.005 Harry Potter: Phil-Theo CRN: 39463

Sheri Karmiol,
11:00am-12:15pm  MW

This course could be sub-titled What Harry Potter can Teach Readers about Philosophy and Religion and the Ambiguities of Choice While Trying to Live a Moral Life.  Throughout the semester, we will focus our attention on historical and literary depictions of good and evil and how good and evil function in Rowling’s seven Harry Potter novels.  Read more...

UHON 302.005 American Crime Fiction CRN: 36105

Steve Brewer,
9:00am-11:30am  M

Often, the imagery from crime fiction and films supersedes the facts to become the way we think about private eyes or crime scene investigators. In this course, we'll study the history of crime fiction/film from Poe to the present and how these hard-boiled stories reflect the attitudes of American society.  Read more...

UHON 302.007 Sport American History & Society  CRN: 40728

Ryan Swanson,
4:00pm-6:30pm M

In this course we will explore the role of sports in American society from a distinctly interdisciplinary perspective. We will approach sports through literature, economics, history, government, and health studies, just to name a few approaches. How, we will ask, did sports become so important? What positives and negatives result from America’s unique sporting construct?  Read more...

UHON 302.008 Molecules & Metaphor   CRN: 38761

Betsy James,
1:00pm-2:15pm MW

This course combines an interdisciplinary lineup of readings from biology, medicine, sociology, and anthropology with a range of writings in and about speculative fiction. Students will examine the gap between hard science and culture’s “extensions” as illuminated in SF, and will work at recognizing cultural projection in popular media and their own work.  Read more...

UHON 302.010 Freud Debates C.S. Lewis   CRN: 37867

Harold Delaney,
3:30pm-5:30pm W

Despite their similar life experiences, Freud and Lewis arrived at radically different worldviews. This class will focus on Freud and Lewis’ thoughts about sexuality and love, pain and suffering, and ultimate questions of human significance, such as the meaning of life and the existence of God.  Read more...

UHON 302.011 Hidden Histories and Untold Stories   CRN: 37868

Margo Chavez-Charles,
12:30pm-1:45pm TR

This is an interdisciplinary class using fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music and film to approach our history and its hidden stories. Students will investigate the events that have defined us and continue to define us, carrying on a debate that will help us to assume our responsibilities as informed citizens.  Read more...

UHON 302.012 Investigating the Unknown   CRN: 38755

Maria DeBlassie,
3:00pm-4:15pm MW

This 300-level course examines the origins and significance of the occult detective, an archetype birthed from the Spiritualism movement and the parallel invention of detective fiction in the Victorian Era.  In this class we will explore this social tension—wanting to make the paranormal normal while at the same time seeking to make the mundane magical—as well as how this subgenre unmasks the dark side of social conventions, psychological oppression, and society's unrelenting desire to make the intangible tangible.  Read more...

UHON 302.013 Folk Funk Music & Fashion   CRN: 34406

Julie Hillery,
8:00am-9:15am TR

The music and dress of the United States reflects its diverse and multicultural population made up of indigenous and immigrant groups, from North American Indians to Irish immigrants. The United States has a wide variety of music styles, from folk music to hip-hop, and related dress trends, from broomstick skirts to hubcap medallion necklaces. This course will take an inter-disciplinary look at the interplay between various genres of music and the fashion trends made significant by artists in each genre.  Read more...

UHON 302.014 Secret Lives of Rivers   CRN: 37869

Reed Perkins, 

2:00pm-3:15pm TR

The Talking Heads wanted to be taken to the river.  Jimmy Cliff had many rivers to cross.  Heraclitus, quite famously, noted that you can never step into the same river twice.  But, what exactly is a river?  In this seminar, we will begin by exploring rivers from the perspectives of natural science, but will quickly learn that science only tells part of the story.   Read more...

UHON 302.015 The Art of Stand Up Comedy   CRN: 38756

Maria Szasz, 
9:30am-10:45am TR

Richard Florida says, “If you want to understand society, don’t look at where people work or even what they buy. Instead, look at what they find funny.” The Art of Stand-Up Comedy will examine the roots and development of stand-up comedy: the hilarious, inspiring, outrageous, and boundary-pushing art form that openly satirizes humanity’s idiosyncrasies, politics, history, religion, and culture.  Read more...

UHON 302.016 Corporation & Society   CRN: 36549

Shawn Berman, 
9:30am-10:45am TR

This course will focus on the evolving role of the corporation in society, from the early role of a corporation in colonial times through the present day. We will pay special attention to how society's expectations have changed and how business (and managerial) behavior has responded to these heightened expectations.  Read more...

UHON 302.017 Why People Believe Weird Things  CRN: 43122

Sarita Cargas, 
3:30pm-4:45pm TR

You know the media distorts information, you know that your own thinking can suffer from biases and prejudices, and you have certainly noticed that some people reason very poorly. This class is going to show you why this happens and how to arm yourself against assaults on your mind. You will also learn how to be a better thinker thereby improving the quality of your life.  Read more...

UHON 302.018 Harry Potter: Phil-Theo CRN: 43745

Sheri Karmiol,
9:00am-10:15am  MW

This course could be sub-titled What Harry Potter can Teach Readers about Philosophy and Religion and the Ambiguities of Choice While Trying to Live a Moral Life.  Throughout the semester, we will focus our attention on historical and literary depictions of good and evil and how good and evil function in Rowling’s seven Harry Potter novels.  Read more...

UHON 402.001 Incarceration in Question: Locked Up Part II  CRN: 35552

Instructors: Marygold Walsh-Dilley,  Megan Jacobs,
Class Meets: 3:30pm-6:00pm   T

“Locked Up: Incarceration in Question” is a year-long interdisciplinary course that integrates the disciplines of art and sociology to examine incarceration in the United States.  During the spring semester the course will focus on projects that apply the knowledge gained in the fall to real life situations in order to draw connections, create unique opportunities for interdisciplinary problem-solving, and effect change.  Read more...

UHON 402.002 Narrative Journalism  CRN: 37081

Instructor: Amaris Ketcham,
Class Meets: 11:00am-12:15pm   TR
Turning the Weird Pro combines creative writing, journalism, and anthropology. The class will develop techniques for approaching the angle of journalistic assignments, such as finding the telling detail, writing profiles, covering events, and characterizing place.  Read more...

UHON 402.003 Mystics and Libertines  CRN: 35553

Instructor: Renee Faubion,
Class Meets: 12:30pm-1:45pm   TR
The second half of the nineteenth century is often said to have been dominated by Realism. It is certainly the case that Realism and its grim cousin, Naturalism, were extremely popular at this time. Nearly simultaneously, however, a cluster of artists and thinkers—the Aesthetes, the Decadents, and the Symbolists—flatly rejected Realism; they found it bland, and (rather perversely) even unrealistic.  Both playfully irreverent and deadly serious, the work of these artists and thinkers remains influential today, helping to shape our sense of beauty, of reality, and even of identity.  Read more...

UHON 402.004 Chicana(o) Civil Right Movements  CRN: 38148

Instructor: Myrriah Gomez,
Class Meets: 11:00am-12:15pm   TR

The Chicano Civil Rights Movement, or El Movimiento, of the 1960s-‘70s is the period most recognized during which Chicanas/os across the United States mobilized for the advancement of Mexican American people; however, Chicana/o social activism is not limited to that historical moment.  This course examines Chicana/o civil rights movements by exploring forms of collective social action on behalf of immigration rights/reform, education rights/reform, labor rights, treaty rights, environmental justice, gender rights, veterans’ rights, and political (mis)representation prior to, during, and after El Movimiento.  Read more...

UHON 402.010 Enigma of War  CRN: 42289

Instructor: Michael Thomas,
Class Meets: 3:00pm-5:30pm   M
Humans have an extraordinary propensity for violence against one another. This propensity, while not technically unique to humans, still sets us apart from our animal peers. The ubiquity and scale of human violence is something special.  Students in this class will use the tools of their major disciplines in an inquiry into the enigma of war and its inexplicable persistence.  Read more...

UHON 402.011 Field Experience in Ethical Practice  CRN: 42290

Instructor: Paul Fornell,
Class Meets: 6:00pm-8:30pm   M

Are you familiar with the expression, “everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it?” Well, whether you are familiar with that expression about the weather or not, a similar statement could be made about ethical behavior.  In this field experience in ethical practice you will work in an environment of your choice (business, non-profit, media, education, government, etc.) where you will have the opportunity to actually do something about ethical practices.  Read more...

UHON 402.012 Poverty in America  CRN: 42291

Instructor: Dawn Stracener,
Class Meets: 3:30pm-6:00pm   R
One-in-seven adults and one-in-five children in the United States live in poverty. Individuals and families living in poverty not only lack basic, material necessities, but they are also disproportionately afflicted by many social and economic challenges.  Using insights from multiple disciplines such as sociology, political science, business, history, and ethnographical studies, students will critique the poverty policies in America.  Read more...

UHON 402.013 Clothing and Society  CRN: 42292

Instructor: Julie Hillery,
Class Meets: 9:30am-10:45am   TR

Everyone in society is affected by clothing, dress, appearance and fashion. In fact, dress is one of the most personal and visible forms of self-expression and can indicate an individual's current position or future aspirations in society. This class will provide a basis for introducing students to critical thinking concerning research projects and the design of sound studies from a variety of disciplines using clothing, dress and appearance as the overriding theme.  Read more...

UHON 402.014 Climate and Change  CRN: 42293

Instructor: Reed Perkins 
Class Meets: 9:30am-10:45am   TR
Global Climate Change (GCC) is happening. Temperatures are increasing, and sea levels are rising. But, who cares? This seminar examines the human stories of climate change.  The readings and discussion will challenge you to think beyond the headlines and the simple. You will discover the new realities of climate change science, analyze the interconnected nature of GCC’s impacts, and develop your own solution about what humans should do next.  Read more..

UHON 402.015 Tolkien's Early Influence  CRN: 44359

Instructor: Leslie Donovan,
Class Meets: 3:30pm-4:45pm   TR
This course will provide in-depth study of the real life landscapes and early experiences of author, philologist, and medieval scholar J. R. R. Tolkien’s life that shaped the mythic and literary fabric of his fantasy fiction. We will investigate Tolkien’s works not only from a literary perspective, but also from the perspective of how the geography and sociopolitical history of the area in which he spent his childhood and youth influenced his epic vision.  Read more...

UHON 498.002 Tolkien Field Experience  CRN: 44360

Instructor: Leslie Donovan 
Class Meets: Arranged
This short-term international field experience course, to be held during the second eight-week term, will allow students to produce an in-depth project related some aspect of the life or works of J. R. R. Tolkien. The course and project will culminate in a 10-day study abroad program in Birmingham, England, where Tolkien grew up and which formed much of his adult imagination. This field study component of the course will occur immediately following the close of the spring semester from about May 16-26.   Read more...