Global Ideas Honors Sequence: 201, 202, 203
(for sophomores, juniors, & some seniors)
The backbone of the Honors program is a sequence that provides foundational studies in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences while also honing research skills. Taught by some of our finest professors, these sequence emphasizes critical thinking and a broad exposure to the great thoughts of human civilization. The three courses are:
Global Ideas 201: The Bhagavad-Gita to Shakespeare
This course introduces students to great ideas and formative thinkers of the pre-modern period. Through major literary works of the Eastern and Western civilizations, students will ask the big questions about the human condition and the place of humanity in the cosmos as they work on writing and critical thinking skills to help develop their own thoughts.
Instructor: Dr. Dan Campana is professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy of religion department. His scholarly expertise is in philosophy of religion and social ethics. He works with several volunteer organizations that deal with inner city problems like homelessness, poverty, and education, and has directed La Verne’s study abroad program in Marburg Germany. He is an avid sailor in his spare time.
Global Ideas 202: Darwin in Context
This January Interterm course focuses on the development of the great biological discoveries of the past two hundred years with a focus on the scientific method and the development of current evolutionary thought. The course includes travel the Amazon basin and an exploration of the Galapagos Islands to experience directly the environments in which Charles Darwin developed his revolutionary idea of natural selection. Take a look at the blog of a recent trip.
Instructor: Dr. Jeffery Burkhart is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Biology and chair of the department of biology. His specialties include bio-diversity, lizard ecology, as well as tropical and desert biology. He has traveled across the globe with students to teach them tropical biology, including Vietnam, Costa Rica, Kenya, and the Galapagos. In his spare time his handles venomous snakes and is an avid Laker fan.
Global Ideas 203: Identity and Difference: The Post-Colonial/Post-Modern Situation
This course explores concepts which have helped forge the post-modern, post-colonial human condition through the lens of selected theoretical works, world literature, and film. Focusing on constructions of identity in major works from across the globe, students will examine the roles of social class, language community, and ethnicity in the modern world. The role of identity as described by the likes of Marx, Freud, Sartre, and Foucault will be explored in novels, short stories, fairy tales, and films to help students read critically, analyze literature, and develop formal research paper writing skills.
Instructor: Dr. Gerard Lavatori is Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages. His teaching interests include West African francophone novels, women in French language film and fiction, French Renaissance literature, and the literature of Quebec. His recent research involves the representations of reading in the novels of the Senegalese writer and film maker, Ousmane Sembène. He is an accomplished oboe and woodwind player who performs with local community musical groups.
Instructor: Dr. Amini teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics and methods. Her main research interests are international security studies, international relations theory, game theory, and Middle Eastern and East Asian politics. Amongst her publications are “North Korea and Vietnam,” and “Iran: The Failure of Economic Incentives and Disincentives,” in The New Great Power Coalition: Toward a World Concert of Nations (2001). Professor Amini is the Model United Nations Advisor at the University of La Verne.