As you plan or adjust your Spring schedule, take a look at the interesting courses below (many of them being offered in the Honors College for the first time!).

See the Spring 2019 course descriptions for more details, or check out the Academic Year Schedule for all of the honors courses currently planned for 2018-19. And don’t forget the HC 409 options for cultural ambassadorship and civic engagement!

ED 407H Sundown Towns in Oregon

CRN: 60066; Section 001; W 1600 - 1750; 2 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Jean Moule

This course will provide an opportunity for participants to explore Oregon’s racist past through the exploration of Sundown Towns – municipalities or neighborhoods that practiced racial segregation. Such an exploration will help students understand the underpinnings of our United States societal racism and of racial perspectives in Oregon. There will be a field trip to the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath. Course Fee: $4. Satisfies: HC Colloquia

HC 407 Wikipedia: Universally Shared, Edited by Whom? 

CRN: 59035; Section 003; MW 1100 - 1150; 2 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Laurie Bridges

We all use Wikipedia—it’s the 5th most visited website in the world! But, who creates and edits Wikipedia? There are almost 300 separate (language) Wikipedias, yet, the Wikimedia Foundation has noted that Wikipedia suffers from the bias of its editors, the majority of whom are, “technically inclined, English-speaking, white-collar men living in majority-Christian, developed countries in the Northern hemisphere.” Note: If you are bilingual or multilingual, there will be opportunities to translate Wikipedia articles. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia

HC 407 Information Privilege, Open Access, and Social Justice

CRN: 59037; Section 019; MW 1300 - 1350; 2 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Stefanie Buck

“Information privilege” is the gap between those who can and cannot access information, and therefore contribute to the scholarly conversation. Starting with the rising costs of textbooks and other course materials, we will explore what creates the financial, legal, and social barriers that prevent access to essential educational and research materials. We will discuss the history and philosophy behind the Open Access (OA) movement, the belief that educational and scholarly materials should be freely available. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia

HC 407 The Evolving Role of Alcoholic Drinks in Society

CRN: 59034; Section 027; Sat/Sun 900 - 1550; 1 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Paul Hughes

This class is a weekend symposium that meets only on Saturday and Sunday 3/30/19 & 3/31/19. Across most of the world, alcoholic drinks have had a substantial, sustained impact on humankind from economic, social and technical perspectives. This belies the fact that today the alcoholic drinks sector is essentially part of the leisure sector. In this colloquium, we will explore the development of the alcoholic drinks sector, focusing on beers, wines and spirits, and to explore their changing role in society, from a potable source of water to social lubricant. There will be a field trip to local beer and spirit producers. Students do not need to be 21 in order to take this class. Course Fee: $4. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia

HC 407 The Trial of Galileo and the Many Worlds of the Early Modern Period

CRN: 59038; Section 028; MF 1100 - 1150; 2 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Peter Kelly

What lies at the centre of universe? What are the primary constituents of matter? These politically sensitive questions dominated both ancient and early modern science. In the first half of this course you will be introduced to some of the dominant cosmic models from the ancient world, primarily the Aristotelian, but also the Platonic and Epicurean as well. We will then look at how these models influenced the competing world views of Galileo, Kepler, Brahe and Bruno, before examining the political and religious backdrop to the trial of Galileo. In the second half of term we will then play the Reacting to the Past game 'The Trial of Galileo', which will be entirely student led. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia

HC 407 Iconography: Myth Making and the Classical Tradition in Western Art

CRN: 60067; Section 030; MF 1000 - 1050; 2 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Peter Kelly

How does visual art differ from literature? What makes a myth and can we trace its origin? In this course you will be introduced to one of the most influential works from ancient literature, the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid and its reception in visual art. We will look at how the Metamorphoses blurs the distinction between literary and visual art and the challenge this presents to later artists attempting to recreate these myths using visual media. No previous knowledge of ancient literature or art history is required. Satisfies: HC Colloquia

HC 407 Lady Detectives

CRN: 59844; Section 401; online; 2 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Clare Braun

From Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple to Kristen Bell’s Veronica Mars, women have solved some of the dastardliest crimes of the detective genre both on the page and on the screen.  We will look at a variety of texts and films featuring lady detectives—some very ladylike indeed, some decidedly not—to examine the cross-sections between gender and genre.  How do these detectives use their performance of gender to solve mysteries?  How do these stories challenge, reinforce, and/or complicate traditional notions of gender and crime? This is an Ecampus course. Tuition rates for Ecampus courses are different than on-campus courses and can be found at ecampus.oregonstate.edu/services/tuition. Graded: P/N. Satisfies: HC Colloquia  

HDFS 499H Stress, Coping, and Resilience

CRN: 59223; Section 001; T 1200 - 1350; 2 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Carolyn Aldwin

The purpose of this class is to examine stress and coping from cells to society. We will examine how stress affects the body, how individuals cope with stress, and how both our current context and the larger society influence these processes, through both media and other cultural institutions. We will also focus on the positive aspects of stress – that is, how people learn and grow from going through stressful periods in their lives, and what personal and sociocultural factors contribute to resilience. Satisfies: HC Colloquia

PAX 415H Peace Literacy

CRN: 59251; Section 001; Fri/Sat/Sun ; 2 HC Credit(s)
Instructor(s): Sharyn Clough

This class is a weekend symposium that meets only on Friday 3/29/19, Saturday 3/30/19, and Sunday 3/31/19. This course approaches peace not only as a global outcome, but also as a set of skills to be developed. The three peace skills we focus on in this class are Cultivating Empathy to Understand Aggression, Listening to Build Respect, and Developing Inner Calm to Navigate Conflict. Satisfies: HC Colloquia