HNRS 25000 - Civic Engagement Seminar: Service, Community, and Social Action (Harker, David)
CRN 22198 | TR 2:35 PM – 03:50 PM
This course draws on theory, research, and personal accounts to explore forms of civic engagement and evaluate the opportunities and challenges each offers toward positive social change. We begin by defining civic engagement and assessing needs and strengths of the local community. Students engage with a community organization and critically reflect on their experience. They reflect on their own personal motivations and experiences with civic engagement, and how their own social identities influence social change efforts. This course fulfills the civic engagement requirement of the Honors program. Student commitment include 30 contact hours with the community organization as well as cultural competency training, class time, and reading and writing outside of class. In the event that courses are held online in Fall 2020, community-based projects will still be a requirement, but we will work with partners remotely.
HNRS 15000 - Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College (Patrone, Tatiana)
CRN 21542 | MF 1 PM – 1:50 PM
Provides students with a structured platform for exploring the cultural offerings at Ithaca College. The seminar explores questions about Ithaca College culture including what it is and how it is shaped. Students will address these questions through attendance at cultural events, through writing about and discussing such events, and through background reading.
HNRS 21000 - Honors Scholarly Conversation: Global Cartooning as Social Commentary (Molina, Pedro)
CRN 22783 | MW 4:00 PM – 05:15 PM | ICC Diversity and fulfills the Global requirement for Honors
Ever since sketching on the walls of caves in prehistoric times, humans have been trying to communicate with images –– their fears, accomplishments, history and desires. Cartooning today still shares this purpose. Cartoons may provoke or amuse us, but if well done, they don’t leave us indifferent. In this course we’ll learn about the importance and methods of cartooning as a creative form of expression. We’ll examine the different formats for visual storytelling: single panels, comic strips, and longer forms like graphic novels and journalism. We’ll study the history of cartoons, how they’re created and presented, and what different uses they serve –– cultural and aesthetic, but in particular social and political. Above all, we’ll explore the challenges that cartoonists now face: working with satire and humor in these humorless times.
HNRS 21002 - Honors Scholarly Conversation: Global Graphic Novels (Schack, Todd)
CRN 23127 | W 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM | ICC Diversity and fulfills the Global requirement for Honors
This seminar will explore the diverse range of voices and topics in graphic novels from around the world. We will study issues of war, power, race, class and sex as represented by a multitude of non-traditional writers and visual artists, and discuss the history of conflict over the issue of multi-culturalism and diversity from these perspectives. We will highlight the manner in which this genre is able to undermine and question dominant narratives of social, political and economic issues. We will be considering these texts from Cultural, Media and Visual Studies perspectives, and students will create their own version of a graphic novel using these theoretical perspectives in practical application.
HNRS 21003 - Honors Scholarly Conversation: Media Globalization and the Disney Empire (Lustyik, Kati)
CRN 23126 | Tuesdays 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM | ICC Diversity and fulfills the Global requirement for Honors
Transnational media giants such as Viacom or the Disney Company are among ‘the primary agents of cultural globalization’ and have been described as 'media superpowers.' The Walt Disney Company that owns Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, ESPN, Start Wars, and 21St Century Fox, is one the largest, and influential transnational media giants in the world. It is the most influential US-based media brand among children and families worldwide, and has grown into a powerful cultural and economic force since its establishment in 1923 by Walt and Roy Disney. As David Buckingham, influential British media scholar put it, ‘children today are Disney children; and parents are Disney parents’ in many parts of the world.
The primary aim of this interdisciplinary and critical course is to develop an in-depth understanding of the Walt Disney Corporation as a transnational media giant, it’s social, cultural, political, and economic importance around the world.
First, students will become familiar with the history of the Disney Company and its key holdings that include television, radio, film and animation, theme parks, music labels, theatrical production, tourism, sports and most recently streaming media services (e.g. Disney+, Hulu). While many students might have grown up watching Disney content, they will be challenged to re-examine the range of characters and stories looking at racial, ethnic, and gender, stereotypes; and a specific value system created and promoted by Disney products during the second unit of the course. The third unit will focus on ‘global Disney:’ the marketing and localization of Disney-owned programs, merchandizing and leisure activities created and promoted to an increasingly global audience. The majority of the readings will examine the reception and consumption of Disney in other cultures; Disney’s international efforts to globalize its brand and expand its empire; as well as ‘alternative’ animation studios and competing streaming media services (e.g. Studio Ghibli, Cartoon Saloon, Netflix).
HNRS 20048 - Paradigm Shifts: History and Philosophy of Science (Brady, Rebecca)
CRN 22782 | MWF 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM | ICC Designation – Natural Science (SC) or Humanities (HM) Perspective for the ICC theme Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation
Science is much more than the slow accumulation of data or the clever conclusions of brilliant scientists. Most of the facts we accept as true are based on shockingly indirect evidence, and our current scientific worldview profoundly influences the way we interpret that evidence. In this course, we will take a comparative look at how disproved theories have provided crucial insight into our current approach to normal science. We will consider how scientific thought is benchmarked by philosophical notions of truth, facts, and evidence when new discoveries prompt a paradigm shift. Come and explore the surprisingly unintuitive nature of scientific revolutions.
HNRS 40000-01 - Honors Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary studies (Young, Cory)
CRN 23407 | MWF 9:00 - 9:50AM
This course is the culminating experience for students in the Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students engage in collaborative scholarly research or creative production involving interdisciplinary inquiry, dialogue, and problem-solving. Prerequisites: One three-credit 20000-level HNRS course and Senior standing. (F,S)