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Spring 2020

BIO 399: What is the relationship between Nature and Nurture? 

This course analyzes the historical, cultural, ethical and scientific issues related to the debate between the importance of heredity versus environment.  Exploring the real-world issues related to human genetics, it also looks at the personal, social, cultural and ethical implications of this debate. Credit does not apply to Biology majors.

BUS 399: What Makes a Leader?  Online and Service Learning

This seminar course explores the nature of leadership by examining contemporary leadership theory and relating it to relevant examples found in works of literature, philosophy, and history. Themes that will be explored, among others, include character, communication, vision, motivation, success, and failure. Lessons will be extracted from select leadership figures in literature and history.

ENQ 399: How Does Place Shape Understanding?  Ireland trip students only

How can people view this differently than I do?  Why don’t other people agree with me?  In what way has where I grew up shaped my understanding of situations?  This course helps students understand how their location can shape the way in which they view the world.

HON 399: Disability and Humanity – Honors Only

This course analyzes disability as a social, cultural, historical, and political phenomenon that impacts individual attitudes and institutional practices.

NUR 399: The Culture of Health – Classroom based; Service Learning Optional

This course explores and analyzes the impacts on health from the perspectives of the individual, family, community, and society. The concept of a culture of health will be explored and debated, considering equities and disparities. Course includes optional service learning of 10 hours minimum or more.

SWK 399: What are Social Justice and the Common Good?  Umbra trip students only

In this course, students will examine individual and collective social responsibility in the creation of just systems of service. This course draws on the differing disciplines and perspectives in exploring the notion of the common good. A principal focus of the course will be whether and how commitment to the common good is compatible both with respect for cultural and religious differences and with justice in social life. The course is structured around the comparative exercise of conceiving, measuring, and achieving goals of a well-functioning society. What is well-being, how do individuals and societies determine it, and how do leaders help communities to achieve it? In defining the common good, which interests are prioritized and which are left out?

THS 399:  What is Leisure?  Rest and Work in a Restless World

Examines and analyzes the nature of rest, work and restlessness from a variety of perspectives, from the philosophical and theological, to sociological, economic, and historical.