2015-2016 Honors Seminars

The CHP offers specially designed seminars on a variety of topics each quarter taught by top UCI faculty. These courses are open to all rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and Honors to Honors transfer students in the CHP on a first come, first served basis. The seminars are worth 4 units each. CHP students may take as many of these seminars as they wish, and can even use one of them to substitute for one quarter of a CHP core course as designated by the CHP (only one substitution total permitted per student).

2015-2016 course information:

  • Spring ’16
    Course Dept./Number Instructor Course Title
    Physics H80 Prof. Virginia Trimble The Impact of World War I on Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy and Other Sciences
    Description: Introduction to science in 1914 and WWI. Participants in groups of two or three will pick a preferred science; find out what happened to it during and after the war; write reports and present what they learned.
    Credit: GE Category II, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core.
    LPS H141 Prof. Jeff Barrett The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
    Description: An examination of the standard von Neumann-Dirac formulation of quantum mechanics. The quantum measurement problem is discussed along with several proposed solutions, including GRW, many-worlds, man-minds, and Bohm’s theory.
    Credit: No GE credit, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core.

 

  • Winter ’16
    Course Dept./Number Instructor Course Title
    LPS H91 Prof. Cailin O’Connor The Philosophy and Biology of Sex
    Description: Covers the origins of biological sex, dynamics of sexual selection, the evolution and cultural creation of sexual behavior in humans, and the construction of gender in human societies.
    Credit: GE Category II or III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core OR Science Core.
    LPS H125 Prof. Jim Weatherall What is Time?
    Description: This seminar will examine how scientists, philosophers, and artists have thought about and tried to represent time over the last ~2500 years, by studying historical and contemporary scholarly work, literature, film, and physical theories.
    Credit: GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.
    Human H80 Prof. Sarah Farmer Memory Across the Disciplines
    Description: Questions about human memory are central to a wide range of disciplines. Students will explore how historians, sociologists, social psychologists, legal experts and neuroscientists understand human memory and apply their findings to understand and shape their own societies. Hear from special guest speakers like Professors Loftus and Bowker.
    Credit: GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.
    Pol Sci H80 Prof. Tony Smith Globalization and Human Security
    Description: Emerging issues of human security in the globalized world, including personal human security, physical integrity, human trafficking, global climate change, food. Challenges of these complex human security problems for a multi-scalar system (international, national, local).
    Credit: GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.

 

  • Fall ’15
    Course Dept./Number Instructor Course Title
    LPS H81 Prof. John Manchak What is Space?
    Description: Historical, philosophical, scientific exploration of the concept of “space.” Questions of interest include: What kind of a thing is space? How can we know what space is like? How is space different from time?
    Credit: GE Category II, may substitute for one quarter of Science Core.
    LPS H95 Prof. Kyle Stanford Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law
    Description: Applies competing theories of the nature of law and legal reasoning to evaluate decisions of the U.S Supreme Court in controversial areas of constitutional law such as free speech, privacy, sexual conduct, affirmative action, and political campaign contributions.
    Credit: GE Category III, may substitute for one quarter of Social Science Core.

 

2015-16 Faculty:

John Manchak
Prof. John Manchak
Kyle Stanford
Prof. Kyle Stanford
James Weatherall
Prof. James Weatherall
Sarah Farmer
Prof. Sarah Farmer
Tony Smith
Prof. Tony Smith
Virginia Trimble
Prof. Virginia Trimble
Cailin O'Connor
Prof. Cailin O’Connor
Jeff Barrett
Prof. Jeff Barrett