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Fall 2021 Honors Courses

Introduction to Game Theory
50:525:114, Math
Randy Mershon
Tuesday & Thursday 11:10am-12:30pm
Introduction to Game Theory is a course designed to be accessible to students at all levels of mathematics (043 completion or proper placement perquisite) to explore how mathematics aids in optimal decision making in everyday life.  Examples include choosing optimal routes in daily errands, or determining proper strategy in various games of skill and chance.  Material will combine many discrete mathematics topics including probability and graph theory and focus on logically determining solutions to various puzzles.   In this course we will discuss various classic puzzles and games such as The Tower of Hanoi, The “Lights Out” Problem, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, and the Monty Hall Problem as well as modern day “pop culture” examples of using mathematical reasoning to aid in decision making. 


Literature of Philadelphia
50:525:152:01, AAI
Tyler Hoffman
Wednesday 12:30pm-3:20pm

This course focuses on the imaginative literature of the greater Philadelphia region, from the colonial period through the contemporary (but with most attention to more modern writing). We’ll read and discuss poems, short stories, a play, and a few novels (plus a film adaptation), and place these works in their geographical and historical contexts. Part of that effort will involve field trips into Philadelphia to museums, libraries, and other relevant cultural sites. Through the course you’ll learn a lot about the evolving culture of Philadelphia (including Camden) and the authors that helped shape it over the course of the last four centuries. Requirements: class discussion; participation in field trips; a mid-term lit-mapping project; a final paper; and a final exam.


Exploring Identity in Early America
50:525:154, USW
Rick Demirjian,
Monday & Wednesday 12:30pm-1:50pm

Scholars of the early American republic are currently debating the question of whether such a thing as a national identity existed in early America.  This course explores the idea of American national identity and the manner in which it might have formed in the years between the settlement of North America and the American Civil War.  The course will take an interdisciplinary approach in focusing on the roles played by ethnicity, race, gender, class, culture, religion, politics, and regionalism in the possible formation of a national identity in Early America.  

Intro to Opera

50:700:121:H1, HAC
Julianne Baird
Monday 12:30pm-3:20pm

Opera: The Art of Revenge, Adultery, and Murder

Wanted: Dramatic Tenor Soloist. Training in sword-fighting, ability to deal passively with angry mob required.  Valid Certificate of Vaccination (rabies) desirable.  Salary: $52,000 per six-week contract; 10% of salary required as pay-off to the claque

Yes . . .  Welcome to the world of the grand opera singer, as it is played out in the major capital cities of the world.  In this Honors seminar we will examine such issues as gender bending, racism, betrayal, murder, and suicide.  Among the fantastical opera plots we will encounter

·         A hunchback with a secret, and an assassin
·         A dark-eyed Spanish flirt, a bullfight, and a murder-suicide
·         Escort service by night, respectable society lady by day
·         An abandoned baby adopted by an entire Army troop
·         An 18-year-old forced by her father to marry a 70-year-old
·         A coldhearted princess who beheads every suitor

Philosophy and the Arts

50:730:263:H1, AAI
Craig Agule
Monday & Wednesday 12:30-1:50pm

This course will be a tour through some of the most interesting work being done in aesthetics right now. We’ll think about the intersection of art and morality:  Is it morally bad to appropriate from another cultural group? Aesthetically bad? What should we do with good art by artists who are bad people? Does morally noxious artwork make the artwork ugly, or just morally bad? We’ll look at a wide variety of types of work that count as art, considering things like monuments, street art, games, and food. Time permitting, we may try to figure out what art is—or whether that is a question that even needs an answer.

Introduction to Psychology 

Tuesday & Thursday 11:10am-12:30pm

This course is an introduction to the methods, theories, facts, and basic principles in the major fields of psychology, including biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, cognitive processes, lifespan development, personality, social psychology, psychological testing, and clinical diagnosis and treatment. This course will emphasize using psychology in everyday life. Students’ grades will be derived from the following components: quizzes, exams, short writing assignments, and attendance & participation. As part of their grade, students will also be required to participate in research being conducted by Rutgers-Camden faculty and students (or they may participate in an approved, appropriate alternative activity). 

Seminar on Professional Nursing

Tuesday 8am-10:50am

This introductory nonclinical course in nursing is designed to provide the student with a foundation in nursing knowledge that will provide the basis for ensuing theory and clinical nursing courses. Major foci will be the discipline and profession of nursing, its history, its conceptual and theoretical structures, and the patterns of knowledge needed for developing the science and practice of nursing. It requires the integration of previously acquired knowledge in the sciences, arts, and humanities and introduces basic concepts in epidemiology, demographics, and cultural competencies, as well as the knowledge necessary for a beginning understanding of the research process, and for development of interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication skills. The ethics and values of the profession as well as the scope of practice and other legal and regulatory aspects will be introduced. Current issues in nursing and the many roles of the baccalaureate-prepared professional nurse will be examined and discussed as the student is socialized to become a self-reflective, accountable, lifelong learner given to self-appraisal as she or he navigates the route to achieving the terminal objectives of the curriculum.


Aging and Health in Global Communities
57:705:313:H1, GCM
W 8am-10:50am

The population of the world is aging.  In some societies aging is associated with a good quality of life and in others with the loss of health and well-being. This course will explore issues and challenges related to the aging population. Maintaining health and preparing for a peaceful death will be addressed from a global perspective appropriate to the impact that aging will have on the global community.

The course content will examine how a variety of disciplines have viewed the culture of aging over time and the historical evolution of health care services for older adults.  Although the primary focus will be aging in America, lessons learned from other global societies will be incorporated to ensure that students are able to understand the meaning and significance of healthy aging.  Students will examine the aging population in the context of enhancing contemporary understanding of the impact of individuals over 65 who will outnumber the population of young people for the first time in history by mid-century.