Courses Offered for Fall 2010:
Things to Remember:
- Most courses offered at the Taos campus in the June term can be petitioned for Honors Credit. This is available for up to 2 courses per semester.
- Anyone who plans to study abroad and wants to take courses for Honors credit should contact Dr. Doyle to orchestrate the needed Honors Petitions. Again, this is available for up to 2 courses per semester.
- Students are permitted to petition one course for Honors credit here on the SMU Honors campus. E-mail Dr. Doyle for details.
First- Year Honors Rhetoric
ENGL 2305: Understanding and Doubting
This course confronts profound ethical questions through considerations of history, literature, psychology, philosophy, andociology. Beginning with a story by Flannery O’Connor that poses questions about ethical conduct, students explore texts and events that challenge the foundations of philosophical and religious ethical systems. The course also addresses contemporary ethical questions regarding individual freedom and responsibility and the meanings of “community.” Readings include Sigmund Freud’s Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis, Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, and John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
001H 9:00-9:50 Stone (VS 203) Class #2169
002H 10:00-10:50 Stone (VS 203) Class #2170
003H 11:00-11:50 Hopper (DAL 138) Class #2171
004H 12:00-12:50 Hopper (DAL 137) Class #2172
005H 1:00-1:50 Howard (VS 203) Class #2174
006H 9:30-10:50, Goyne (VS 203) Class #2353
007H 11:00-12:20, Goyne, (VS 203), Class #2354
008H 11:00-12:20, Grumbles (DAL 120), Class #2593
009H 11:00-12:20, Hodge, (VS 303), Class #2740
010H 12:30-1:50, Shuttles (VS 203), Class #2741
011H 2:00-3:20, Goyne, (DAL 105), Class #2742
*Note: All first year honors students must enroll in ENGL 2305 during the fall semester
MSA 1350: The Arts in Their Cultural Context: The City of the Imagination
W 6:30- 9:20
This is a team-taught multidisciplinary course that investigates the role of the arts in contemporary urban society through a wide range of contexts: historical, geographic, social, and etiological. The aim is to interrogate issues of both theory and practice in individual disciplines (art, art history, cinia, dance, music, and theater) through readings and lectures that engage different approaches/methodologies and through hands on experiences with practitioners and scholars in Dallas.
- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities;
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Politics and the Arts: Letter to M. d’Alibert on the Theatre;
- Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband
*This course is limited to first year honors students
ENGL 2312-001H: Fiction
Rajani Sudan, Dallas Hall 137
This course involves analysis, interpretation, and appreciation of fiction with attention to critical theory.
ENGL 2314-001H: Doing Things With Poems
Willard Spiegelman, Dallas Hall 101
A course dedicated to the introduction of the study of poems, poets, and how poetry works. The focus is on a wide range of English and American writers.Some attention to matters of literary history. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program. Satisfies Poetry requirient for English Major.
PLSC 1320-002H: Intro to American Government and Politics
Joseph Kobylka, Florence Hall 302
The organization, functions, and processes of our national government, with particular attention to parties, pressure groups, and other forces that influence its course. Attention will also be given to the Texas Constitution.
*12 seats for upper class students; 10 seats reserved for first year honors students
PLSC 1340-003H: Intro to Comparative Politics
Michael Lusztig, Fondren Science Building 153
Analyzes and contrasts different patterns of national political development in Western, Marxist-Leninist, and Third World countries. Political dilemmas confronting each type of system will be examined.
ECO 1311-001H: Principles of Economics: Micro
Rajat Deb, Umphrey Lee Center 233
Enables a concerned citizen to make an intelligent appraisal of current controversies relating to consumers and producers. Explains tools of economic analysis. Open to all qualified honors students. Please see advisor Ms. Sally Spaniolo for permission to register.
*One Year of Calculus is required to enroll. Enrollment Limit: 20
PSYCH 1300.001H: Introduction to Psychology
Mary O’Boyle, V-S 303
Broad introduction to psychology as a behavioral science withpecial emphasis on cognition, development, learning, social, personality, physiological and clinical psychology (psychopathology and psychotherapy). Special Honors Seminar, limited to 20 Honors students.
ANTH 1321.002H: First Year Anthropology Seminar Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning in Archaeology
Location & Time: to be determined
In this seminar students will learn critical thinking skills using scientific reasoning and logic to evaluate a variety of assertions about the human past. The course will start with a discussion of the epistiology of science, the principles of scientific reasoning and logic, and the application of these principles in archaeology. Throughout the rest of the course, the students will critically evaluate pseudo-scientific claims, hoaxes, and other spurious arguments relating to archaeology. Their weekly reading will include textbook summary chapters, primary reading from each pseudo-scientific claim or hoax, and scholarly work on the subject. Each week the class will discuss the week’s reading, assessing the legitimacy of the arguments in relation to their adherence to scientific reasoning and logic. Weekly discussion topics on Blackboard will help guide their reading and prepare them for discussions in seminar. As a final project, each student will select a scholarly debate from archaeological publications. Using the principles of scientific reasoning discussed in class, the students will prepare a paper critically examining both sides of the debate and providing their own assessment of the debated question. They will present their papers the final weeks of the seminar.
- Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries:cience and Pseudoscience in Archaeology, 6th ed. (2007), Kenneth Feder.
- The Dion-Haunted World:cience as a Candle in the Dark (1997), Carlagan.
*Limited to 15 First Year Honors students.
SOCI 2377-002H: Markets and Culture
Linda Stearns, Dallas Hall 149
A general introduction to economic sociology emphasizing the ways in which values and other beliefs influence social behaviors.
History & Art History
HIST 3310-003H: Problis in American History: The Study of Culture
Alexis McCrossen, Dallas Hall 102
This course introduces students to the study of cultural history in the United States. It is an intensive discussion course for students in the University Honors Program. Each week we will explore a different approach to cultural history. Students will write several short papers as well as a term paper in which they use the interpretive skills germane to the practice of cultural history to think about a particular aspect of U.S. history.
- Raymond Williams Keywords
- Keywords for U.S. Cultural Studies
- The Cultural Turn in U.S. History
ARHS 1308.001H: The Epic of Latin America
Adam Herring, Greer Garson Theatre 3531
An introductory survey of Latin American art for Honors First and Second Year students. Covers a wide range of historical periods and styles, from the art of the Aztec and Inca to the Post- Modern Art of Latin America. We will cover such topics as Machu Picchu, Colonial Cathedrals, Sante Fe adobes, Frida Kahlo, and contiporary video art. Small group sessions will allow for individual attention and an informal learning environment. Emphasis on visual literacy and tools of spoken and written exposition: you will learn how to look at, talk about art, and write on art.
*No prior coursework in Art History necessary. Reserved for First and Second Year Honors students
ARHS 4322: Museum Theory: Cultural Crises, Social Change & the Shifting Role of Museums
Surveys indicate that more Americans visit museums every year than attend sporting events, a statistic that seems to surprise everyone, especially the museums. Museums and collections today are in a state of flux. Their social functions are mutating rapidly under social, political and economic pressures. Traditional roles of curator, educator and administrator are blurring. Museums are under increasing pressure to expand the size and variety of visitorships. Among the impacts of globalism is an increasing urgency to deal with issues of cultural patrimony and its political, legal and museological aspects. Museums are taking on an ever more active role, both in local communities and on a global scale, actively shaping the ethics of various communities in the process.
Course issues and central questions: This seminar examines the museum as an institution and set of cultural practices. We will think about the museum as site of ritual and a cultural and political battleground and explore the development and contours of the field of critical museum studies since its emergence in the early 1980s. Critical museum studies take museums to be central institutions in the charting, categorization, and dissemination of various forms of knowledge about man, the natural world, and culture in the modern West. We will consider museums as places where discourses or assumptions about the world play out in particular practices that revolve around the acquisition, display, and interpretation of objects. Although some of these practices now are specific to museums, and even form the basis for specialized professions, the course emphasizes the ways in which museums draw on, respond to, and alter cognate activities and sites in the wider culture, including fairs, expositions, private galleries, zoos, historic sites, shops, and the media. Through museum visits in Dallas we will use the city’s institutions as our local case studies. We will think about the ways in which museum architecture and exhibition design control the visitor’s experiences, and then switch positions and consider why visitors apparently miss the point of most exhibitions (at least from the curator’s point of view).
Religious & Philosophical Thought
RELI 1305-001H: Introduction to Primal Religions
George Barnard, Hyer Hall 106
An introduction to the religious world views and ritual life of such primal cultures as Australian aboriginals, African tribal peoples, and native North and South Americans, as well as the significance of the resurgence of neo-paganism in the West.
PHIL 1305-003H: Introduction to Philosophy
Matthew Lockard, Hyer Hall 201
A general introduction to the central questions of philosophy: We will discuss topics from such areas as the theory of knowledge, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy. Typical questions might include: Can we know the world outside our minds? Is it rational to believe in a God who allows evil to exist? Do the laws of physics allow for human freedom? Is morality more than a matter of opinion? Can there be unequal wealth in a just society?
- Classical authors such as Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hume, and Mill, as well as contiporary philosophers. The focus of the course will be on arguments for and against proposed solutions to key problems of philosophy.
*Enrollment Limit: 25
PHIL 1316-001H: Introduction to Ethics
William Robinson, Hyer Hall 201
An introduction to philosophical ethics focusing on questions in ethical theory. Topics vary, but the following are representative. Is morality merely conventional--and hence historically and culturally relative--or is there an objective morality? If there is an objective morality, what is its content? And what is its basis: reason, human nature, or divine command? Why be moral? If the demands of morality conflict with our own self-interest, why should we comply with them? And what exactly is in our own self-interest: in what does human happiness or well-being consist? We will read, discuss, and write about philosophical arguments for and against proposed answers to questions like these.
(To be taken by 2nd yeartudents and above)
CFA 3309-001H: Lesbian & Gay Literature and Film
William Beauchamp, Clements 134
The exploration through literature and film of the struggles by gay men and lesbians to create social identities and achieve human rights. Study of key cultures and pivotal historical periods in the West from ancient Greece to contemporary America. Authors include Sappho, Plato, Michelangelo, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Audre Lord, Adrienne Rich, and Tony Kushner. Cinematography includes Pedro Almodovar, Derek Jarman, Maria Luisa Biberg, Sally Potter, and James Ivory.
CF 3378-001H:olo Performance
Rhonda Blair, OFAC 202
This course surveys major figures and issues in contemporary solo performance and performance studies, acquainting students with artists, forms, and venues ranging from the mainstream to the alternative. We will view videos and video documentation of the work and read performance texts, performance theory, and interviews/writings by and about the artists and their work. The two major assignments are a research and analysis paper examining an issue related to the course and a brief original piece applying in performance what we have studied.
CF 3314-001H: Theocial & Intellectual History of Europe
MWF 11:00- 11:50
James Hopkins, Dallas Hall 157
This course will examine the intellectual in modern European society. It will explore major intellectual and social issues raised by and affecting a number of figures instrumental in shaping the European world of the 19th and 20th centuries. In a fundamental sense, however, the themes developed will be outside time and place. Consequently, they should interest those concerned with the relationship of their values and ideas to the society in which they live today.
CF 3356-001H: Christianity/Public Life
Charles Curran, Dallas 102
The objectives of this course include the following:
- To acquaint students with some recent criticisms of the dangers of individualism permeating American understanding and life;
- To propose the communitarian dimensions of human existence from the Christian perspective;
- To help students enter more critically into the dialogue about the role of religion in pluralistic contemporary American society.
CF 3367-001H: The Greater Dallas Experience
MWF 12:00-12:50 (all)
Caroline Brettell, Anthropology Dept.,Section 001H Class #4879
David D. Doyle, Jr., History Dept.,Section 002H Class #4886
Diana Howard, English Dept,Section 003H Class #4888
Pauline Newton, English Dept.,Section 004 Class #488 (This section open to Hilltop Scholars)
McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall Rom 306
Using the city of Dallas as its laboratory, this class will study history, race, gender, and class relations, immigration, the natural environment, governance, high and popular culture, architecture, and literature—all through the lens of Dallas. The class’s central purpose is not only to introduce students to the Dallas environment, but also to teach them how to understand and think about a city from multiple perspectives. Using the idea of the myriad “landscapes” found in Dallas—from the Trinity River (and its bridge and park project), to the cultural scene, to the ever- evolving ethnic composition—this class will emphasize the relationships among people, institutions, and place.
- David Kaiser, The Road to Dallas: A Study of the Kennedy assassination
- Michael Phillip, The White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001
- Rachel Adler, Yucatecans in Dallas, Texas: Breaching the Border, Bridging the Distance
- Don DeLillo, Novel Libra,
- Harvey Graff, The Dallas Myth—along with selected articles, book chapters, and primary documents.
There will be a field trip component with students fanning out into the city to visit museums, parks, city council meetings, cultural events, concerts, live theatre, etc.
*The class will meet as a large group each Monday and Wednesday—and in small discussion groups (organized by the sections above) each Friday.
CFB 3318-001H: Schools and Society
Andrea Hamilton, TBA
An interdisciplinary exploration of America’s public school system from the Colonial period to the present with emphasis on changing relationships between schools, families, and changing social and political ideals.
- Kathryn Sklar, Catherine Beecher
- John Dewey, The School and Society and The Child and the Curriculum
- James D. Anderson, The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935
- Brenda J. Childs, Boarding Seasons: American Indian Families 1900-1940
CFB 3353-001H: Latino/a Religions
Jill de Tiple
An introduction to Latino/a religions and religious practices in the United States, with a special emphasis on social constructions.
CFXXX: Game Theory & World Populations
Date and Time TBA
Paul Toprac (Engineering Faculty)
Previous Courses Available Below
Honors Schedule for Fall 08'
Honors Schedule for Fall 09'
Honors Schedule for Spring 10'