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Honors College at WKU


Colloquia Course Listing


The Honors Colloquium strives to be interdisciplinary in nature and allows faculty members to address historical debates or contemporary issues. The goal is to allow students to participate in and lead discussions on various aspects of issues of contemporary, historical or intellectual significance. The topic of the course is selected by the faculty member offering the Colloquium.


Fall 2013


HON 380: Trends Shaping our Future (3 credit hours) 

This new course provides an interdisciplinary and global perspective on significant environmental, demographic, political, technological, cultural, and economic trends that will likely shape the world over the next thirty years. The implications of these trends for decision-makers in the present – at both the local and the global level – will be a point of emphasis. Throughout the course we will think about both probable and preferable futures and consider the power of human agency to help steer our path forward.

HON 300: Community Development (3 credit hours) 

This course provides Honors students with hands on experiences in community development. The class meets at Bowling Green High School (BGHS), and is a mix of Honor students and advanced placement high school seniors. They work together to address issues identified by the students, faculty and administrators. Honors students mentor high school students in service learning and community development skills.

HON 300: Controversial Issues in Human Behavior (1.5 credit hours)

Does divorce harm children? Are humans naturally violent? Does ADHD exist? Do video games lead to violence? Do men and women communicate differently? This course will explore a variety of issues in human behavior from the perspectives of experts in the fields of psychology, medicine, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, biology, communications, social work, pediatrics, psychiatry, and neuroscience.

HON 300: Understanding Human Rights (3 credit hours)

Despite great advances in human rights since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, the gap between the Declaration's ideals and world realities remains massive. Crimes against humanity, human trafficking, torture, child soldiers, religious persecution, crushing poverty and restrictions on personal freedoms are just a few of the abuses. In this seminar, we will discuss both the problems and efforts at solving them.

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