Fall 2016 Courses - Honors Sections of UF Courses

Please use the UF Schedule of Courses to find times, places, and other course information.

These are courses offered through departments across campus, reserved for Honors students.  These will count as both an honors course as well as fulfilling the normal slot of the regular course.

CourseTitleCrdSectInstructorSyllabus
ART 2936C Honors Sketchbook 3 2F17 Daw, Micah  
CHI 1130 Beginning Chinese I 5 019F Peir, I-Chun  CHI1130 HNRS Beginning Chinese
CHM 2047 One-Semester Gen Chem 4 Dept Angerhofer, Alex  CHM2047 One-Semester General Chemistry
CRW 2100 Fiction Writing 3 1655 Hempel, Amy  
CRW 2300 Poetry Writing 3 1657 STAFF  
EML 2322L Design and Manufacturing Lab 2 7044 Braddock, Michael  EML2322L Design Manufacturing Lab
EML 3301C Mechanics of Materials Lab 3 09E2 Subhash, Ghatu  
ENC 2305 Analytic Writing The Kiss of the Diagnosis 3 092G Howick, Tonia  ENC2305 Analytical Writing Kiss of Diagnosis
ENC 2305 Analytic Writing Race & Storytelling 3 092H Brink, Berit ENC2305 Analytical Writing Race Storytelling 
ENC 2305 Analytic Writing Mother Knows Best? 3 0926 Kniesler, Sarah  ENC2305 Analytical Writing Bad Moms
ENC 2305 Analytic Writing The Bad Guys 3 093A Kelley, Carolyn  ENC2305 Analytical Writing Bad Guys
ENC 2305 Analytic Writing Romantic Friendships 3 093C Gregory, Kristen  
ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers 3 6163 Cothran, Dianne  
ENC 3254 Writing in the Humanities 3 6179 Kelley, Carolyn  ENC3254 Writ Humanities
ENC 3459 Writing in Medicine 3 1G26

Kelley, Carolyn

Roberts, Kelley

 
ENC 3465 Writing in the Law 3 6164 Mellon, Melissa  ENC3465 Writing in Law
EUS 3930 Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the EU 3 1566 Romeyn, Esther  EUS3930 Migration, Race, Ethnicity in European Cultures
EUS 3930 Urban Cultures 3 2C81 Romeyn, Esther  EUS3930 Urban Cultures
GEW 4731 Contemporary German Literature 3 19CG Kligerman, Eric  GEW4731 Postwar German Literature and Culture
GLY 2010C Physical Geology 4 8923 Russo, Ray  GLY2010C HNRS Physical Geology
MAC 3474 Honors Calculus 3 4 06GE Shabanov, Sergei  
PHY 2060 Enriched Physics w/ Calculus 1 3 3879 Hamlin, James  PHY2060 Enriched Physics Hamlin
PHY 2061 Enriched Physics w/ Calculus 2 3 0829 Stewart, Gregory PHY2061 Enriched Physics revised 
PHZ 3113 Intro to Theoretical Physics 3 3924 Muttalib, Khandker  PHY3113 Intro Theoretical Physics
RUS 1130 Intro to Russion Language and Culture 1 5 6561 Wladyka, Galina  RUS1130 Intro to Russian Lang Culture
SPC 2608 Intro to Public Speaking 3 4380 Butler, Emily  SPC2608 Intro Public Speaking
SPN 2200 Intermediate Spanish 1 3 4272 Wooten, Jennifer  
SPN 3300 Spanish Grammar and Composition 1 3 0518 Moors, Ximena  SPN3300 Spanish Grammar and Composition 1
           

ART 2936C - Honors Sketchbook

Honors Sketchbook Development focuses on the artistic practice of a sketch journal and bookmaking as a method of investigation and research. In this course, students will learn and produce a portfolio from basic and experimental drawing methods, collage, bookmaking, conceptual development, and strategies of a successful creative habit. The course components are: material demonstrations, lectures, studio projects, readings, written responses, and field trips.

CHI 1130 Beginning Chinese 1

As one of the most widely used languages in the world, Chinese is spoken natively by an estimated population of about 1.3 billion. This course teaches the standard Mandarin, which serves as the official language of China and Taiwan and is one of the four official languages in Singapore. In cultivating students' language ability the course will endeavor to integrate the four skills essential in language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammatical and structural analysis of language will be delivered through a wide range of forms to facilitate comprehension: mini-lectures, comics, games, task-based activities, etc. The instructor will employ a variety of teaching methodologies to create a diverse, interactive and fun learning environment for students to explore Chinese culture and communicate in Chinese inside and outside of the classroom.

CHM 2047 - One Semester General Chemistry

This course is designed for entering students who wish to move more quickly into advanced coursework. Topics include electronic structure and bonding, gases, liquids, solids, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction, metals and non-metals.  A solid background in Chemistry is required, this is NOT a "review" of general chemistry.

CRW 2100 - Fiction Writing

The course will combine a fiction workshop with critical examination of contemporary fiction. In terms of writing, CRW 2100 will focus on instruction in basic techniques of voice, plot and character, as well as introducing more advanced techniques. Its aim is to help you learn to write literary fiction better than you might already.  

Each week you will be asked to read a selection of stories by an established writer, and to arrive in class prepared to discuss them cogently. The goal here is to have you read better: to read for form, recognizing strength and weakness in your own and in others’ writing, and recognizing various technical maneuvers in the published work we will read. Recognizing these techniques will improve your writing, but we will also try to move beyond what we can take from this published work. I was once told this about reading: “It's not a parade of goods for possible quiz-winners to take home if they like, and turn up their noses at if they don't. No. You take off your ego, and park it at the door (like a Muslim his shoes). You read with humility and curiosity and imagination. Almost anything you read is going to be better than you - class - it's your job to try and come up to it.” We will strive to abide by this sentiment. 

You are required to write and complete two stories, the first rather early in the semester and the second during a specified week where it will be workshopped by the class. There will also be weekly writing assignments: short analyses in response to the readings for the week, as well as short creative exercises provided in class. These analyses and exercises are pressure-free and should only serve to enhance understanding of the texts and to exercise your creative muscles. 

CRW 2300 Honors Poetry Workshop

In naming colors, . . . literate people said “dark blue” or “light yellow,” but illiterates used metaphorical names like “liver,” “peach,” “decayed teeth,” and “cotton in bloom.” 

—Caleb Crain, “Twilight of the Books,” The New Yorker, December 24 & 31, 2007 

One thing was clear to me. If you want to win a girl, you have to have lots of beetles. 
—Heaven Can Wait (1943) 

The University of Florida has one of the strongest creative writing programs in the country, whose graduate faculty often offer a beginning workshop to honors students. Poetry demands close attention to the meaning and music of language, to emotion and the structures of emotion, and to the burdens of the past. The best poetry has an understanding of psychology, botany, religion, philosophy, and how much French fries cost at the mall. No one can be a poet without reading. The beginning workshop is in part a course in poetic literature. 

Poets will write one poem a week, which forms the basis of workshop discussion, along with poems of the past and present. No workshop can succeed without an inclination toward laughter and wry jokes (discussion will generally go from the sublime to the ridiculous, or vice versa). Field trips may be possible—no year in Gainesville is complete without a visit to the alligators. Students who complete this course may then take upper-division workshops in poetry. 

Students are not expected to have written poetry before, but must have strong language skills (you can't manipulate the language effectively without grammar and spelling). Please do not take this course if you're not interested in the difference between an adjective and an adverb, or the correct usage of it’s and its, lay and lie, and who and whom. Numerous students who have taken this course have entered graduate programs at Columbia, Michigan, Johns Hopkins, and elsewhere. Others have gone into editing and publishing. Others just have fun. 

Required reading: 
R. S. Gwynn, Contemporary American Poetry 
Amy Clampitt, Collected Poems 
Henri Cole, The Visible Man 
Philip Larkin, Collected Poems 
Marianne Moore, Complete Poems 

EML 2322L - Design and Manufacturing Lab

Mechanical design is the design of components and systems of a mechanical nature—machines, products, structures, devices and instruments. Grossly simplified, there are two ingredients of a good designer: the ability to perform the proper analysis from an engineering standpoint and the ability to understand exactly what is involved in making the part(s) required to complete the design. The importance of these two abilities become starkly apparent when we investigate the true purpose of a designer, which, in the engineering sense, is to select the best proposal given a set of design constraints—often function, cost, reliability and appearance, among others. 

Placing a person in the position of a mechanical designer who does not possess both of these abilities is, quite frankly, a recipe for failure. One the one hand, if the designer lacks the knowledge and experience to carry out the necessary mathematical analysis, the result can be component failure in the very sense of the word. On the other hand, if the designer is capable of performing the necessary analysis (or consulting someone who is) yet lacks a basic understanding of what equipment and processes are required to manufacture the designed components, the project is again slated for failure since the components with either be (a) impossible to produce, assemble and maintain or (b) due to the manner in which they have been designed, the components will have an artificially high cost due to the lack of understanding of basic manufacturing techniques on the designer’s part. 

To summarize, EML2322L provides a real-world introduction to engineering design and prototyping with an emphasis on manufacturing and design for manufacturability. The class is practical and challenging, but not easy; it teaches basic design principles, fundamental manufacturing processes, important communication skills and strategies for successfully working in groups. This IS NOT a class where you can expect your teammates to perform your share of the required workload, as you will be rewarded with the grade YOU deserve, not the grade the rest of the group earned. This class is fast-paced and enjoyable. Like the real world, you get out of it what you put into it. This IS a class where you can come to the instructors at any time with questions but we’re not going to treat you like children. We match your effort and give guidance so you can learn what we’re teaching IF you pay attention, read the handouts, work diligently and ask questions when confused. We are looking forward to an exciting semester with you! 

EML 3301C Mechanics of Materials Lab

Experimental characterization of the mechanical properties of engineering materials, precision instruments, computer-based data acquisition, statistical uncertainty analysis, preparation of engineering reports.

ENC 2305 Analytic Writing Storytelling and Race

The Analytical Writing and Thinking Seminar is designed to advance students’ critical thinking and writing skills beyond first-year composition. To achieve those goals, students will learn advanced analytical techniques and communication strategies that professors in all disciplines expect them to know. The texts and assignments in the course will expose students to challenging ideas.

For this semester, we will examine the idea of race in American society, especially as it relates to official “stories” that shape our notions of the United States as a whole. One of these official narratives suggests that contemporary American society is meritocratic and colorblind. But if this narrative is true, why are we still talking about race? Does this narrative reflect reality, or a social ideal? How do our personal stories interact with this official story? And which stories regarding race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism have staying power (either on a personal or political level), and why?

In this course, you will hone your reasoning skills through engagement with the idea of race in American society, and sharpen your writing skills through multiple drafts of papers with substantial feedback from their peers and your instructor. The culmination of the course will be a portfolio that demonstrates your growth as a thinker and as a writer.

ENC 2305 Analytic Writing The Kiss of Diagnosis

Disease and Diagnosis: Identity, Language, and Belief

Ideal for future medical students -- in fact, of special interest to any inquisitive reader and thinker -- this course will focus on a particular formative theme. The theme of this section is disease and diagnosis – a topic that invites analysis through many disciplinary perspectives (psychology, literature, political science, history, medicine, and many more).

We will begin by looking at Freud's well-known psychoanalytic theory of “the Self" in order to ground ourselves in a common language of identity; from there, we will continue on to an examination of the relationships among diagnosis, language, and identity (including, perhaps secondarily, other people's shifting perceptions of the diagnosed person).

The topic of disease and diagnosis -- and how diagnosis impacts language and identity -- raises many questions. How does diagnosis impact the identity (a diagnosed person’s conception of ‘self')? Can a diagnosed person ever get back to her previous conception of her ‘self’ before diagnosis? Is it even possible to fully recall this pre-diagnosis identity? Could the desire to return to (or to visit the memory of) the pre-diagnosed self be viewed as a sort of transgression to the diagnosed, or to a diagnosed community?

Of course, there are no easy answers to any of these questions; however, we don’t seek to provide easy answers. Instead, our aim is to have a good time as we investigate, and to reach a new understanding of the course’s themes as we work.

ENC 2305 Analytic Writing Mother Knows Best?

How do we define the terms “mother” and “motherhood”? How have those definitions changed overtime? What external influences shape how we define these terms? Is there a place in our cultural imagination for a celebrated non-traditional mother? We will work to answer these questions and others throughout the semester by exploring motherhood in a variety of contexts. We will analyze: current conversations about issues like maternity leave and “having it all"; popular depictions of mothers like those in Gilmore Girls, Teen Mom, Nurse Jackie, and Maleficent; and maternal theories like Suzanna Danuta Walters and Laura Harrison’s aberrant mother, Evelyn Nakano Glenn’s universal mothering, and Nancy Chodorow’s maternal guilt.

ENC 2305 Analytic Writing Romantic Friendships

ENC 2305: Romantic Friendships: On Brotherhood, Sisterhood, and the “Bromance”

In the last decade, thanks in large part to the buddy comedies of Judd Apatow, “bromance” has become a part of the common vernacular. In fact, in 2011, Merriam-Webster added “bromance” to its US Dictionary, as “a close nonsexual relationship between men.” Although the term has only become popular in recent years, this class will explore the various manifestations of this relationships in film, literature, and popular media. We will look at its historical predecessors in homosocial relationships in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern societies, and examine the significance of these bonds. Throughout the course, we will engage in queer, feminist, gender, psychological, class, and critical race theories to try to answer several questions: where is the line between “bromance” and homosexuality and, significantly, why do we desire these labels? How do racial and class differences affect the representation of these relationships? While “bromance” refers specifically to bonds between men, we will also look at how gender alters these dynamics in sisterhood relationships. This course invites us to unpack the significance of a popular term and reexamine our understanding of desire, sexuality, masculinity, femininity, and friendship.

ENC 2305 : The Bad Guys and Girls of Cinema and Television: Analytical Writing and Thinking

In this class, we will look at Bad Guys and Bad Girls on film and television. Recently, it seems that our culture is changing. We no longer cheer when the good guy (or girl) overcomes the bad guy (or girl). The bad guy or gal always was punished for his/her bad behavior. Now, this certainly of cinema is no longer in play. Many times now, we cheer when the bad guy or gal gets away with his/her crime or bad behavior.

In this class, we will critically think about the following questions: Why does our American culture have a fascination or admiration for bad guys and girls? And, in a culture that seems to be producing superhero movies by the dozen, why then, are we also seeing an uptick of anti-heroes and anti-heroines?

Does this change signify a cultural shift? Has American culture evolved in the last few decades to make a place for the celebration of badness? And what does it mean to be bad? Or, have we always secretly admired bad/girls and guys, and this veneration is just now in the open? And, finally, what traits do these anti-heroes and anti-heroines possess that we find so appealing?

So, as you can see, we have many challenging and interesting questions to ponder. Luckily, the second half of our course is titled: “Analytical Thinking and Writing,” so we have the intellectual space to in our classroom to work on these questions.

The course will use a textbook that focuses on the processes of analytical thinking. Students also will watch several films and television show episodes that we will use to analyze these issues. Films include: Body Heat, Dirty Harry, and For Pete’s Sake, Gone Girl, and The Dark Knight. Television shows: certain episodes of Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black.

Assessment of grades: Students will write 3 major papers: Definition, Analysis, and Research. Students will keep a semester-long writing portfolio in which they will record their thoughts and opinions about the class lectures, discussions, textbook and films/television shows. To reduce writing anxiety and help students do their best writing, the three major papers have an optional rewrite provision: they can be rewritten either for the better or average of both grades.

I look forward to seeing you in a class to talk about how good it can be to be bad.

ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers

Professional Communication for Engineers (ENC 3246-Honors) prepares students to communicate effectively as engineers. Writing and speaking assignments mirror the types of communication tasks typical in the engineering field, from office correspondence to proposals and from informal meetings to formal presentations to clients. Students also learn valuable tips on crafting resumes and preparing for interviews. Class assignments include individual work, team work, and peer reviews.

ENC 3254 Writing in the Humanities

In this class, we explore works of art from the humanities disciplines of drama, music, film, and literature.

You will analyze these works of art and critical essays about these works of art in order to learn how to write basic academic paper formats, such as summary, analysis, and argument. In order to reduce the anxiety that may accompany academic writing and allow students to improve their writing, this course allows for optional rewrites of the 4 major writing assignments for either the better or average of the two grades.

In this course, students become more confident and effective writers, readers, and thinkers. Students also get the chance to explore, analyze, and discuss some of the most remarkable works of art produced in the last 100 years, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, Joni Mitchell's album, Hejira, Spike Lee's film, Do the Right Thing, and various other short works of literature and art.

This class is a good choice for students in all majors who want to improve their academic writing skills and who enjoy discussing and analyzing humanities texts. The writing skills and strategies you learn in this class are portable; they will help you succeed in this class, throughout other college classes, and beyond.

ENC 3459 Writing in Medicine

The honors section of Writing in Medicine incorporates both speaking and writing skills. This course is the new listing for “Speaking and Writing for Pre Med” previously offered. This 4 unit course focuses on preparing you for medical school. In Unit 1, you will read and synthesize important material from medical research reports. In Unit 2, you will read several medical research reports in order produce an Annotated Bibliography and a State-of-the-Art Medical Review paper. You will present your research to the class in an oral presentation. Unit 3 concentrates on professionalization. You will prepare a resume, personal statement for medical, dental, or osteopath school, and sit for a mock medical school interview. Unit 4 has you working with your peers to produce a fun and informative CME (Continuing Medical Education) unit in which you prepare a written report and oral presentation.

This course is designed to expose you to kind of writing and speaking you will engage in to get ready for medical school and then in your medical school career.

ENC 3465 Writing in the Law

In courts of law, people depend on their attorneys’ effective use of language, which generally yields winning arguments. And while lawyers and judges have produced some of the most eloquent writing about our society, the discipline of law is notorious for producing impenetrable and, as a result, ineffective documents. Writing well and winning arguments do not happen by accident. In this course, our job is to learn what we can from well-stated arguments and opinions and to avoid the problematic wording choices that make legal writing so difficult to read.

This course provides a practical workshop on the most common forms of legal writing. Students will write legal briefs and a legal memorandum with a research component. Conducting legal research, students will become familiar with law library resources. In all of our writing, we will develop the rhetorical skills of argument and persuasion while mastering the basic elements of style. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their speaking skills in moot court-style debates.

EUS 3930 Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the EU

In recent years, migration has become defined as one of the most pressing “problems” facing the European Union. Over the past year, newspaper headlines proclaimed that Europe faces a refugee “crisis” and that unbridled migration threatens to destabilize the EU. How accurate is that depiction?

How can we understand and conceptualize different histories and trajectories of migration in Europe? What is “illegal” or non-regularized migration? How is migration in Europe related to histories of colonialism, the context of globalization, the process of European unification? How do race, gender, religion and class intersect in the experience of migration? What is the relation between immigration and ethnic residential segregation, spatial exclusion and ghetto formation, and urban unrest. Why is there a European wide backlash against migration and multi-culturalism in general, and Muslim migrants in particular? What “spaces” do nations provide for the formal or informal inclusion of migrants, and how does migration challenge the concept and institution of citizenship? Is the nation and national belonging an outdated concept, and should we think more in terms of transnational societies and solidarities?

EUS 3930 Urban Cultures

This interdisciplinary course will focus on the culture of cities. How do cities--urban spaces--organize experience and meaning, and produce and reproduce social, cultural and economic relationships? How do we, as city dwellers, experience cities? How has that experience changed, from the European medieval city, through the Renaissance and Baroque period, to modernity, post-modernity, globalization?


We will approach these questions on the level of theory (from the perspective of various seminal thinkers on the city, such as Lewis Mumford, Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, Karl Marx, Robert Parks, Guy Debord, Michel Foucault, David Harvey, and Zygmunt Bauman, and from the perspective of writers who have been influenced by these thinkers) as well as on the level of representation-- how European urban spaces and European cities have been organized ad represented in urban architecture, literature, film, art. Among other topics we will discuss : The city as Utopia and Distopia; Cities, time, space and power; The gendered city; The city and modernism; The city and social division; The “cinematic” city; The “global” city.

GEW 4731 Contemporary German Literature

Remembering, Repeating and Working through the Past:
Postwar German Literature and Visual Culture

This seminar sets out to explore the transformation of German memory culture in relation to the
catastrophic events surrounding the Second World War. “How have Germans come to terms with
their recent history?” is the central question of this interdisciplinary course. Through an analysis
of postwar German literature and visual culture, we will investigate the attempts by German
writers and filmmakers to confront the traumas surrounding World War Two, the Holocaust and
the legacy of the National Socialist Past. By reading novels, short stories, philosophical texts,
historical studies, and viewing films, we will examine the Opferdebatte (victim’s debate), that is,
how has the question of German suffering—such as the bombing of German cities, the sinking of
refugee ships, the division of Germany, the dead of Stalingrad---been represented over the past
six decades. What problems do German artists face in representing the Nazi past, and how do
these representations function as interpretations to the catastrophic history? What are the
potentialities and limitations of different media (photography, film, painting, literature) aesthetic
styles (realism, modernism, postmodernism) or genres (melodrama, documentary, reportage) as
made apparent in their memorializations of traumatic events? In addition to reading texts from
Jaspers, Adorno, Böll, Grass, Sebald, Timm and Schlink, we will view Murderers are Among Us,
Night and Fog, Deutschland, Pale Mother and Dresden.

GLY 2010C Physical Geology

Nature is sublime, and the Earth is central to the human experience of awe inspired by the physical world. Deducing Earth's structure; its workings as a set of interlocking physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms; and the long term evolution of these processes and structures challenges the intellect and is magnificently beautiful. Come find out how our planet works - in detail - at all scales, and why it uniquely in all the known universe supports abundant, complex life. Emphasis will be on the processes that control the formation and modification of the Earth, especially plate tectonics and the evolution of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere from the time of Earth formation; sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks and minerals of the Earth's crust and upper mantle; interactions of the solid Earth with the atmosphere and hydrosphere (processes of weathering and mass wasting, hydrologic cycle, groundwater flow, climate change, glaciation) and resulting geomorphology, and coastal, riparian, and eolian systems; evolution of life on Earth; and processes and effects of solid Earth dynamics: volcanism, seismicity, and crustal deformation.

MAC 3474 Honors Calculus 3

Continues the honors calculus sequence. (M) Credit will be given for, at most, MAC 2313 or MAC 3474.

PHY 2060 Enriched Physics w/ Caclulus 1

First of the enriched sequence for physics majors and others wishing a deeper understanding of mechanics, kinematics, conservation laws, harmonic motion, central forces and special relativity. (P)

PHY 2061 Enriched Physics w/ Calculus 2

Second course of the enriched sequence studying electricity and magnetism, including electrostatics, Gauss's Law, potentials, vector analysis, Laplace's equation, conductors and insulators, circuits, magnetism, Maxwell's equations and EandM fields in matter. (P)

PHZ 3113 Introduction to Theoretical Physics

This course expands and systematizes the treatment of standard problems previously encountered in elementary physics. Mathematical techniques are developed to study problems in thermodynamics, statistical physics, the motion of coupled oscillators and electrodynamics.

RUS 1130 Introduction to Russian Language and Cluture 1

RUS 1130 and its sequel, RUS 1131, offer a comprehensive introduction to Russian, using interactive methods to develop competence in speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural interaction.

SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking

Theory and practice presenting public speeches, determining communication purpose(s) and adapting to organization, evidence, language and other message characteristics for designated audiences.

SPN 2200 Inermediate Spanish 1

First of the intermediate Spanish language sequence. Develops intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Builds communicative competence and enhances social and cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Taught entirely in Spanish.

SPN 3300 Spanish Grammar and Composition 1

Intensive language course to develop mastery of grammatical principles, increase vocabulary and enhance writing and composition skills. This course (or SPN 3350 for bilingual speakers) is a prerequisite for most 3000/4000-level Spanish courses.