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Student Proposed Courses

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Students creating courses in the HSA workshop during the Freshman Retreat

During the fall 2010 Freshman Retreat, the Honors Student Association hosted a course proposal workshop.  This workshop gave students the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for potential Honors Courses.  The students outlined courses that they would like to take if offered through the what was then the Honors Program.  A summary of these courses are listed below:

Student Inspired Courses

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Fall 2010

Alternate Realities
This course discusses the various types of alternate realities, such as mental illness, time travel, virtual reality, dreams, and drugs as creating another reality. The course goal is to analyze alternate realities through discussions, writing, creative activities, and research
 
 
Coffee to Cocaine: Addictions
This course is about the psychology of addictions. Students will be expected to understand the methods by which individuals develop addictions and how they affect them. The final project will be an in-depth study and presentation on a specific addicting substance.
 
 
Dragons and Mythical Creatures
It is part of mainstream pop culture with a long history in fantasy that will continue to influence culture and entertainment. This course will study the changes in perception of magical creatures from ancient to modern times in literature and media. Additionally, the course objectives are to: 
  • Understand what natural phenomenon caused a belief in a particular creature
  • Study ancient perceptions of mythological creatures compared to modern views
  • Study the changes in perception over time; learn about and appreciate mythological creatures
  • Study how the culture shapes perception and how that changes over time
  

History of Marriage
Marriage affects many people. There are many political debates and issues about what constitutes marriage. This course researches the institution of marriage and how it has changed over time. The objective of this course is to understand: 

  • What marriage is in different cultures
  • How it has changed in U.S. culture (ethics of marriage and divorce over time)
  • Discuss marriage in political views
 
Human Trafficking
Human trafficking happens all around the world, even in the United States. Most people do not know that there are modern day slaves. Our global community should be committed to liberating these people, but that cannot be done until people are educated about this issue. Slavery is not a thing of the past. This course teaches about the prevalence of human trafficking around the world, such as sex trafficking, slave labor, child trafficking, and the like. Students will compare sex trafficking and how it compares to slavery in the past. This course will also focus on what can be done to change this issue.

 

Psychology of Dreams
This course studies the interpretation and effect of dreams. The fundamental process of REM sleep cycles in correlation to the subliminal messages of a particular dreams. This course also investigates lucid dreaming and its purpose in solving internal conflicts. Moreover, this course is designed to help students recognize and interpret the correlation between dreams, personality and behavior, as well as understand the subconscious and its effect on human behavior. 

 
Victorian Morality: Vision and Actuality
This course is an examination of sexual repression during the Victorian Era and the dichotomy of the class system seen in London during the mid to late nineteenth century. The goal of this course is to discuss the disparity between classes and analyze how this inspired modern social and equality movements.

 

Fall 2012

School of Rock

Students would examine the effects of culture, war, and religion on rock music's effects on social movements in history.

The Business of Mickey Mouse

Students would study the history of the Disney corporation and its economic and legal practices, as well as the effects of those practices on the business practices and the interpretation of business law in general.

Music as Therapy

The goal of this course would be to teach students the value of using music as a therapeutic technique.

Analyzing Harry Potter

This course would analyze J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books in terms of their psychological impacts on children, and their impacts on mass communication and marketing to a child audience.

The Development and Destruction of Children's Imaginations

This course would examine society's effects on children's creativity.

Modernization of Classic Novels

This course would analyze what quality or set of qualities make(s) classics "timeless," and why people feel the need to update classic novels by creating film adaptations or literary reimaginings.

Popular Depictions of Psychological Disorders