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Fall 2019 Honors Courses

First-Year Courses

Lee Ann Westman, Where’s Mom? The Erasure and Vilification of Mothers in Art, Literature, and Popular Culture
50:525:152:01 (AAI, DIV)
MW 2:05-3:25

Richard Demirjian, Exploring Identity in Early America
50:525:154:01 (USW)
TTh 2:00-3:20

Cyril Reade, Introduction to Museum Studies: Philadelphia Museums
50:698:205:H1 (AAI)
Thursday 2:00-4:50
[Course note: Museum visit every other week.]

Alexandra O’Donnell, Introduction to Psychology 

50:830:101:H1 (PLS)
TTh 9:35-10:55

Nicole Karapanagiotis, Cults and New Religious Movements 

50:840:366:H1 (USW)
MW 9:35-10:55


Sophomore-Level Courses

Timothy Martin, Irish Literature
50:525:153:01 (GCM) 
TTh 11:10am-12:30pm

Why might students be interested in Irish literature? Perhaps they are among 40 million Americans of Irish heritage who want to know more about their roots. Maybe they are interested in histories of politically-repressed minorities struggling for independence and recognition. Or maybe they would like to get to know one of the world’s most compelling literary traditions: Ireland has produced four Nobel Prize winners, and its population has never exceeded 8 million people.

This course will study stories, poems, and plays written in Ireland since the beginning of the twentieth century. We will consider the difficult relationship between Ireland and its English conquerers, the complicated role of the Roman Catholic Church in Irish life, and the harshness of Irish family life in the context of poverty and chronic economic underdevelopment. Famous writers like James Joyce and W. B. Yeats will be supplemented by lesser known figures like Liam O’Flaherty, Edna O’Brien, and Eavan Boland.

Assignments will be geared toward non-majors: several short, informal “response” papers and a couple of tests, with opportunities for extra credit.

Instructor TBA, Seminar in Professional Nursing
57:705:105:H1 (Nursing Students only)
Tuesday 8:00am-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.

Instructor TBD, Seminar in Professional Nursing
57:705:105:H2 (Nursing Students only)
Thursday 8:00am-10:50am

(See above)

Instructor TBA, Aging and Health in Global Communities
57:705:313:03 (GCM)
Wednesday 8:00am-10:50am

(Coming Soon)

Eric Chwang, Biomedical Ethics

50:730:249:H1 (EAV)
MW 12:30pm-1:50pm

In this class we’ll discuss a variety of issues in biomedical ethics, for example abortion and euthanasia. In all cases, our goal will be to get clear on the arguments involved and to assess those arguments critically, using reason rather than emotion. A large part of our goal will be to help you become better at critical thinking, honest assessment, and elimination of bias about controversial issues. Upon completing this course, students should be able to do the following:

1. Interpret, explain, and compare significant systems and theories of human ethics and/or values.
2. Analyze ethical debates in terms of their underlying assumptions and implications.
3. Recognize the ethical values at stake in practical, concrete, and/or everyday situations.
4. Apply ethical reasoning toward solving practical problems.
5. Formulate, communicate, and evaluate effective ethical arguments.

Sara Beth Plummer, Groups at Risk in Contemporary Society
50:910:352:H1 (EAV, DIV)
F 12:30pm-3:20pm

Analysis of the relationship between institutionalized practices and the functioning level of key high-risk groups within our society: aged, veterans, people with disabilities, refugees, women, ethnic and racial minorities, participants in alternative lifestyles. Obstacles impeding the functioning of these groups explored

Aaron Oster, American Musical Theatre 
50:965:308:H1 (USW)
MW 9:35am-10:55am

This course examines the development of one of the most quintessentially American performance forms–the musical–from its various origins in European operetta, vaudeville, minstrelsy, and melodrama, to its most contemporary incarnations in the current Broadway season.