Spring 2021

Spring 2021

China and India: From Colonies to Global Powers

Yi Sun, Vidya Nadkarni

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course examines the national experiences of China and India, two emerging global powers, from the perspectives of History and Political Sciences. With a focus on the intertwined themes of colonialism and nationalism, the course analyzes the two countries' policies during the Cold War, their current economic development and their positions on regional and international security. Concurrently, the course dissects the bilateral relations between China and India as well as their complex relations with the United States and the rest of the world.

HNRS 352

Yi Sun


HNRS 353

Vidya Nadkarni


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Historical Inquiry (HNRS 352), Social/Behavioral Inquiry (HNRS 353)

Conflict Diagnosis & Dispute Resolution in a Global Environment

Linda Barkacs, Craig Barkacs

People throughout the world experience conflict in both their interpersonal and business relationships. Ever wonder how to handle it? Honors Conflict Diagnosis and Dispute Resolution in a Global Environment is a course intended to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to diagnosis, manage, and resolve conflict in a global environment. This interdisciplinary course (international relations/law/management/ethics) utilizes in-class role playing and simulations to help the student experience conflict in a cross-cultural context, as well as learn how to manage conflict in a global environment.

HNRS 368

Linda Barkacs


HNRS 369

Craig Barkacs


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration

East Asian Cinema: A Transnational Perspective

Mei Yang, Koonyong Kim

This course examines representative films from East Asia--Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, and South Korea in particular--in their national, regional, and global contexts. While studying these films within the specific contexts of their historical, social, and economic conditions, we will place special emphasis on how various filmic texts respond both aesthetically and politically to a broad range of issues pertaining to nation, globalization, identity formations (race, gender, sexuality, and class), authorship, new media, and (post)humanism, among others.

HNRS 366

Mei Yang


HNRS 367

Koonyong Kim


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Literary Inquiry (HNRS 367)

Dying, Death and Social Justice

Jillian Tullis, Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Dying, death, and grief are universal human experiences. However, the dying process is not equal, and who and how we are allowed to grieve is influenced by religious, political, and social realities. This course challenges students to think about how we die and raises questions about social justice. We will explore issues such as, the AIDS crisis in the 80s, crack and opioid addiction, high rates of incarceration in the black community, police brutality, disability rights and death with dignity laws, and indigenous practices. We will consider multiple modes of communicating, including rituals, music, poetry, and film. Students will use theories, concepts, and research methods from Theology & Religious Studies and Communication Studies to interrogate these issues, and apply and integrate what they have learned.

HNRS 380

Jillian Tullis


HNRS 381

Karma Lekshe Tsomo


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Global Diversity Level 2, Theological and Religious Inquiry (HNRS 381)

Theistic and Atheistic Existentialism

Rico Monge, Michael Kelly

What is the meaning of my life and what does the meaning of my life mean for the society in which I live? How does one discern such meaning and what are the obstacles (personal and social) to coming to grasp that meaning for oneself? How do the answers to such questions change assuming either a theistic or atheistic premise? To what does an atheistic or theistic premise committee me, actually? In an intense dialogue with some of the most important philosophical, literary, and theist texts in existentialism, we will explore these questions in Theistic and Atheistic Existentialism.

HNRS 324

Rico Monge


HNRS 325

Michael Kelly


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Theological and Religious Inquiry (HNRS 324), Philosophical Inquiry (HNRS 325)