Summer B 2018 Course Offerings

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

IDH1700 Honors Pro Dev 1 4E33 Kristy Spear  
IDH2930 Crystal Fire 1 4D27 Erin Patrick  
IDH2930 Harry Potter 1 4F76  Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig   
IDH2930 Mindful Leadership  1 4F83 Carolynn Komanski  
IDH2930 One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine   1 4G38 Schaefer, Nancy  
IDH3931  Summer in City 3 4A86 Melissa Johnson  

Honors Summer in the City

Hot town, summer in the city. Welcome to Gainesville, it’s time to get busy!

How do you want to spend your first summer in Gainesville – watching Netflix or creating change in your new community? Join us on a literal adventure through town as we explore life beyond the boundaries of campus. You will complete challenges and missions instead of (boring) assignments, all of which are designed to familiarize yourself with the local community and its needs. You will meet the movers and shakers of Alachua County throughout the term, as well as work closely with your peers on a real-life project based on one of the course topics: food, parks & rec, government, education & nonprofits, or arts & culture.

Summer in the City received honorable mention recognition for the Best Practice Award through the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values in 2016 and was featured on the UF homepage in fall 2015: The 2018 course is supported in part by the Field & Fork Faculty Fellows program, of which Dr. Johnson is a member. This course is limited to Summer B Honors freshmen.

Get ready for Gainesville to be your classroom. In the summer, in the city.

IDH2930 Crystal Fire

“In 1947, in the shadows of WWII, three men at Bell Labs invented the transistor. The transistor has revolutionized the world we live in. We take for granted amazing amounts of processing power and access to the world’s collected wisdom in the palm of our hands. It was not always that way. Who invented the transistor? Who packed them together into a chip? What problems were these men trying to solve and how did they come to start some of the largest corporations in the world today? Learn about the beginnings of the silicon age and scientists and engineers that revolutionized the world as we know it.”

By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of the silicon age and the scientists and engineers that developed the first transistor. Students will participate in in-class discussions and deliver individual presentations on a related topic of their choosing.

IDH2930 Harry Potter

In writing the seven part series (of novels) and one play on Harry Potter and his experiences at boarding school, author J.K. Rowling created a world that enthralls millions of people- old and young- around the globe.  It is a world that resonates deeply with its fans and that captures the imagination.  Harry Potter’s world is almost real- or maybe really real- for many young people.  Certainly, a generation grew up eagerly awaiting each new book and each film was released to lines of people camped out outside the movie theaters.  Even those people who do not like to read eagerly consume 700 page Harry Potter books. 

Why do they love the world of Harry Potter so much? Perhaps because these 700 page books precipitate them into the imaginary but infinitely believable and detailed landscapes to address great, heroic struggles.  In short, Rowling beautifully combines descriptions of these epic struggles with great characters and humor as well as drawing on familiar archetypes and myths.

This course will explore the series, the great themes explicated therein, and Harry Potter’s hold on the human imagination through reading and discussion of the book, Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds by Travis Prinzi, and reference to the actual Harry Potter series- books and movies (a prerequisite for joining the class is familiarity with the series).   

In addition and through Harry Potter and Imagination, the course will explore struggles between good and evil and the role of the individual in changing the world, “The great themes of Harry Potter are not communicated through textbook, theoretical, propositional statements, but are embodied in the beliefs and actions of its characters. We have already looked at the virtues extolled by J.K. Rowling, as well as the vices condemned; now we turn to an examination of her incarnations of good and evil. Along the way, readers are being called to be creative heroes in their own worlds. It is through our being shaped as creative heroes that we learn creative solutions to the problems of evil that exist in our own spheres of influence.” 

If nothing else, Harry Potter is about a quest, a great quest that tests the strength of a child and his friends.  We will particularly explore the nature of quests from the ordinary to the extraordinary and how the experience of college, or how each life can embody a quest.

Finally, the course also will examine the results of a survey of 1,100 college students that examined how Harry Potter shaped its fans.

Book/s:  Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds. Travis Prinzi

Harry Potter and the Millenials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation. Anthony Gierzynski.

Mindful Leadership

“Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you (in your body, heart and mind) in the present moment. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgement (Chozen Bays, 2011). This course aims to reconnect us to ancient truths, breath-by-breath taming the anxious mind in order to effectively lead ourselves and others.

An understanding and practice of mindfulness practice includes listening and communication, meditation, breathing techniques, and body-based practices. The learning process and life outside of the academic experience is a means to provide effective organizational leader and follower behaviors. Mindful Leadership is designed to help you understand the complexity of leadership as a scholarly discipline that can be taught (Bennis, 1989; Bass, 1994) alongside the evolution of mindfulness practice. It is important that you understand the difference between the socialization of a leader, leadership theory, and the philosophy of mindfulness. Many successful leaders acquire their leadership skills from practice, in other words, they are socialized into leadership as they have learned from their experiences.

One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine

One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine

By Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher

“How could they ever figure out which of [the thousands of places where the patient’s genetic script differs] has caused a…disease that doesn’t even appear in the medical literature?”

This is the quandary that faced the doctors and researchers on 4-year old Nic Volker’s health care team in 2009. The two journalists who won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for covering this story provide much more context in One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine, taking the reader through the development of the medical team that first used genetic sequencing to diagnose and treat Nic and their journey to pushing this new form of medicine and the ethics surrounding it into reality. At the same time, they lead the reader through the lived experiences of the other half of the story: the patient and his family.

This class will explore the psychosocial effects of long-term illness, physician-patient/caregiver relations, health literacy and medical ethics. We will learn about rare and genetic diseases and discuss ethical, historical and social issues surrounding current trends in genetic testing.