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Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) Seminar
2014 - 2015

Fall 2014 | Spring 2015

Fall 2014

AFST100Y: Introduction to the Black Experience

(AH) GEP, (AH) GFR
Lecture: Th 4:00pm - 5:15pm / Meyerhoff Chemistry 272
Discussion:  TuTh 10:00am - 11:15am / Lecture Hall 1
Instructor: Tammy Henderson

Understanding the black experience in the African diaspora. A survey of historical and sociocultural ties that link people of African descent worldwide. African roots in world civilizations are discussed. This course is an introductory course for majors and non-majors.

AGNG 100Y: So You Say You Want a Revolution: How Boomers are Revolutionizing Aging
(SS) GEP, (SS) GFR
Lecture: TuTh 10:00am - 11:15pm / Information Technology 104
Discussion: Tu 11:30am - 12:30pm / TBA
Instructor: Galina Madjaroff

Baby Boomers, who revolutionized youth, are now aging. This course uses multiple media to examine Boomers' historical, cultural, and socioeconomic experiences to see why Boomers will challenge stereotypes about aging. Implications of this demographic wave for the creation of a new social and entrepreneurial landscape are discussed. Students will apply this multidimensional analysis to past and future cohorts to understand the revolutionary nature of why aging is not what it used to be, and what this means to each of us.

AGNG 200Y: Aging People, Policy and Management
(SS) GEP, (SS) GFR, (WI)
Lecture:  TuTh 1:00pm - 2:15pm / Sherman Hall 003

Instructor: Galina Madjaroff
Discussion: We 4:00pm - 5:15pm / Meyerhoff Chemistry 272
Instructors: Galina Madjaroff, Michelle Howell

Based in the life-course perspective, this course blends academic analysis of human aging in social context with more experiential learning, including exposure to literature on older adults, awareness exercises about aging in the news and talking with older adults in and out of class to debunk common myths and stereotypes regarding aging and older adults. Academic content is broadly social, in terms of understanding family and community contexts of aging, the individual experience of aging including productivity, spirituality and typical engagement, normal changes and diseases common in physical and psychological health,and a focus on how society views aging. Finally, students will be encouraged to identify themselves as aging individuals, on a trajectory toward later life.

AMST 100Y: Introduction to American Studies
(AH) GEP, (AH) GFR
Lecture: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM / Information Technology 231

Instructor: Kathy Bryan

Discussion: Tu 4:00PM - 5:15PM / Performing Arts & Humanities Building 124
Instructor:  TBA

A broad introduction to the study of American culture, past and present. The course focuses upon primary ideas that have been most influential in the development of American culture and their expression in various forms, written and visual. Special emphasis is placed upon tensions between the individual and society and upon the relationship of culture to subcultures.

ANTH 211Y: Cultural Anthropology
(AH) GEP, (AH) GFR, (Department Consent Required)
Lecture: TuTh 10:00AM -11:15AM / Fine Arts 215

Instructor: Jana Rehak

Discussion: Fr 1:00PM - 2:15PM / Math & Psychology 102
Instructor: Staff

or

Lecture: MoWe 2:30PM -3:45PM / Biological Sciences 120

Instructor: Margaret Knisley

Discussion: Fr 1:00PM - 2:15PM / Sherman Hall 007
Instructor: Staff

An introduction to the central concepts and issues in cultural anthropology. The course employs a worldwide comparative perspective that examines topics such as: the concept of culture, cultural-ecological systems and family organization; magic, religion and witchcraft; socialization, personality and mental illness; conflict resolution and warfare.

HIST 102Y: American History, 1877 to the Present
(SS) GEP, (SS) GFR
Lecture: MoWe 1:00PM - 2:15PM / Information Technology 102

Instructor: Robert Bouton
Discussion: We 2:30PM - 3:45PM / Administration 711
Instructor:  Staff

Major topics include colonial America, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the federal period, sectional conflict, and the Civil War and the Reconstruction. Emphasis on differing interpretations of controversial issues.

HIST 111Y: Western Civilization, 1700 to the Present
(C) GEP, (SS) GEP, (SS) GFR, (C) GFR
Lecture: MoWeFr 9:00AM - 9:50AM / Biological Sciences 120

Instructor: James Grubb
Discussion: We 10:00AM – 10:50PM / Administration 711
Instructor: Staff

A survey of Western Civilization from the Enlightenment through to the present day. This course will cover the main political, economic, cultural, and social features and developments of the West in the modern era. Major topics will include Absolutism, the Enlightenment, the political revolutions of the eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, nationalism, fascism, socialism, the World Wars, the Cold War, and globalization.

HIST 200Y: Themes in World History
(SS) GEP, (SS) GFR
Lecture: TBA

Instructor: Staff
Discussion: TBA
Instructor: Staff

The terrorist attacks of September 11 stunned the world. Most people condemned the attacks and rallied behind America, a few celebrated the attacks, while others condemned both the terrorists and America. Our nation was not only jolted by the carnage but frightened by the intensity of the hatred behind those cleverly contrived and well-planned operations. Yet, the vexing questions remain: Why would anyone do such a thing? Why do they hate us?
This course explores not only how and why this attack and subsequent attacks against America and western nations occurred but also places them in historical context. This includes an overview of 20th century domestic and international terrorism, the uncertainty caused by the end of the Cold War, "blowback" from American and western foreign policy, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, globalization, the spread of American popular culture, the rise of orthodoxy and fundamentalism in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, and resurgent Arab nationalism.
Last, the course looks at American response to global terrorism.

MATH 106Y: Algebra and Elementary Functions
Lecture: TuTh 1:00PM - 1:50PM / Biological Sciences 120
Instructor: Rajalakshm Baradwaj
Lecture: Th 4:00PM - 5:15PM / Performing Arts & Humanities Building 124
Instructor: Staff

An introduction to the basic techniques and functions of mathematics. This course is especially recommended for those students who need to brush up due to a shaky high school preparation or for those who haven't had a mathematics course in several years. Topics include linear equations and inequalities; quadratic equations; polynomials; and rational functions and their inverses, including the exponential and the logarithm.

SOCY 101Y: Basic Concepts in Sociology
(SS) GEP, (SS) GFR
Lecture: Fr 1:00PM - 2:15PM / Math & Psychology 008

Instructor: Staff
Discussion: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM / Lecture Hall 1 101
Instructor: Meryl Damasiewicz
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Lecture: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM / Engineering 027

Instructor: Meryl Damasiewicz
Discussion: Fr 1:00PM - 2:15PM / Math & Psychology 010
Instructor: Staff

An introduction to the concepts used in all advanced sociology courses: basic elements of social structure, including primary groups and organizations, culture and society, socialization, social stratification and social change.

Ask your advisor about taking one of these courses or for more Information, please contact:
Jill Randles
Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
jrandles@umbc.edu | (410) 455-3715