Core Honors Seminars


HOPR 2953H (Honors Upper Level Seminar)
HOPR 3957H (Core Honors Capstone Seminar)


HOPR 2953H (Honors upper level seminar), 2 cr, s/u

HOPR 2953H 901: Narrating Freedom: Mass and Gender Incarceration
Theresa Tobin, Philosophy
Jennifer Marra, Philosophy
Marisola Xhelili, Philosophy

W 11–12:40 pm
This seminar approaches traditional philosophical questions in a nontraditional way, including: the nature, limits and conditions of human freedom; free will vs. free action; in what sense is gender real and how is it related to biology; how gender conditions freedom; how (gendered) individuals are related to societies/communities; how our societies and communities limit and make possible both freedom and gender; how incarceration, freedom, justice (including especially restorative justice) and gender are related; and whether and how capitalism depends on and fosters incarceration. Other nontraditional aspects of the seminar will include employing narrative techniques and practices, in particular the possibility of nontraditional media for a final project (e.g., podcast), and mindfulness techniques/practices to explore senses of freedom and as a tool for listening and learning in general. NOTE:The weekly seminar will consist of students from Marquette University (MU) and women from the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center (MWCC), and will meet on alternate weeks at MWCC and at MU.Enrollment is by application; contact for an application. Preference will be given to sophomores who have not yet taken HOPR 2953.

HOPR 2953H 902: Knowledge and Self in the Practice of Martial Arts
Michael J. Monahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy
MW 9-9:50 am
Students will learn and practice some of the beginning elements of a traditional Korean martial art, and use this practice to aid their exploration of some of the fundamental philosophical questions regarding the nature of identity, the relation between mind body, and knowledge. How does one relate to one’s body in the course of taking up the practice of martial arts? How does a change in our relation to our physical being change our sense of identity? What can martial arts study teach us about the distinction between the the mental and the physical? What does it mean to know a certain movement or aspect of the martial art, and how does that compare to knowing that the earth is round, or 2+2=4? Through practice, reflection, reading, and discussion both inside and outside of the class, students will take up these and related questions.

HOPR 2953H 903: American History through Hollywood Film, 1491-1800
Bryan Rindfleisch, History
W 4–5:40 pm.
This course uses Hollywood film to explore the most important issues in American history from Contact to the American Revolution (1491-1800). Films - including James Cameron's Avatar, the recent horror flick The Witch, the TV miniseries Roots, and the award-winning movie The Revenant - will explore themes such as cross-cultural encounter and colonization, slavery and race, empires and revolution, gender and witchcraft, in addition to a number of other issues.This class will revolve around discussions of the films we will watch together, along with an assigned article. Students will write two short, film analysis essays that assess the historical quality of an outside historical movie.

HOPR 2953H 904: Hooking Up: Exploring the Intersections of Sex, Faith and Culture on Campus
Ed de st. Aubin, Psychology
Lauren Yadlosky, Psychology

M 4 –5:40 pm.

What are your “rules for dating?”  What does it mean to “hook up”, and does hooking up for you mean something different than for your friends?  And where do these meanings and rules come from anyway?  This seminar will explore the intersecting foundations of sex, faith and cultural beliefs, and consider how those beliefs impact our decision making about our behavior in relationships, especially our relationships with ourselves.

HOPR 3957H (Core Honors Capstone Seminar), 1 credit, S/U

HOPR 3957H 901: Mission to Mars
Sandra Hunter, Exercise Science
Andrew Kunz, Physics 
Tim McMahon, History
T 3:30–4:45 pm
A lecture series with planned discussion sections, this seminar will explore what is required to safely send humans to Mars. NASA and SpaceX have set a goal to send humans within 10–15 years but the details of the journey have not been provided. Students will explore the multitude of challenges including, but not limited to, rocket and habitat design, and the effects of microgravity and radiation all within the historical context of human exploration. No specialized knowledge of math or physics is required.

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