Spring 2017 Professional Development Course Offerings

These courses are aimed at developing skills that will help students over their career.

IDH 3931  Introduction to Law at Levin 0098 Black, Joel Law at Levin 
IDH 2930 5% More: Making Small Changes to Achieve Extraordinary Results. 1 107G Wysocki, Al 5 Percent More 
IDH 2930 The Science of Learning: I Didn’t Learn Anything In That Class 1 14H2 Caprino, Michael Science of Learning 
IDH 4905 Honors Admission 1 117H Johnson, Melissa  
IDH 3931 Leadership 1 1520 Parks, Robert Leadership Development 
IDH 3931 Nature of Running 1 152H Andrew, Jennifer Nature of Running 

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

Introduction to Law at Levin


Who gets rights? What is feminist legal theory, or critical race theory, and how do they work? What is property and how do you transfer it? Can you contract anything? What does it mean to be harmed, and then “made whole”? What are constitutions?  This course is dedicated to exploring these questions by introducing students to legal investigations at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

Spend spring 2017 meeting Levin Law faculty. Each week, listen to them talk about what they teach and study. This one credit course has no exam. Instead, it invites you to explore law in the classroom, to seek it out in the larger culture, and to blog about what you find. And, it challenges you to be an active audience member, to listen, to engage, to learn and to question.

Honors Admissions

Students in this class will read the 2500+ application essays from incoming freshmen applying to the Honors Program in spring. We will spend the first half of the term reading old essays and developing rubrics for evaluating the new essays.

Enrollment to this class will be by application only. More information will be included in the Honors Daily and linked here.


Strong leadership can make the difference between a high-performing team with people who enjoy what they do and a low-performing group where people are unhappy and frustrated. It can be the difference between making an impact or not. This course is designed to create a framework for understanding leadership, how it functions, what excellence in leadership looks like, and how to cultivate that leadership excellence in oneself.   Students will learn what great leadership looks like and have an opportunity to explore ways to develop their own leadership. The insights and skills learned in this class can help students be better leaders now as well as prepare them to lead more effectively as they grow and advance in their careers.

Nature of Running

People run for many different reasons, including for fitness, weight loss, and/or to compete. In this course, we will focus on why and how people exercise in natural settings, while also learning the value of nature-based fitness to society. This course is taught be multiple professors, with backgrounds spanning natural and social sciences as well as engineering. This allows a discussion of running that spans a range of topics, including training fundamentals, the economics of running, trail design, the allure of the marathon and other distance events. These discussions will occur in tandem with weekly group runs on trails throughout the Gainesville area.

Topics to be Covered:
Training fundamentals, motivations, and goal setting
Economic and health benefits of running
Trail design, ecosystem services, and environmental impacts of running
Demographics of running
The allure of the marathon

Expectations: Grades are based on class attendance and personal journal entries, which will be weighted equally. Journal entries may be personal reflection on the course material, thoughts on training goals, or your views of supplemental text material. No prior running experience required.