2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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University Honors and Leadership (UNHL)

UNHL 1100 -  The Life of the Mind  (3 Credits)  

The UNHL program was developed with the goal of creating academics with leadership skills to communicate their ideas and strong leaders with the ability to think critically, analyze issues from alternate perspectives and develop and communicate plausible solutions that take into consideration all points of view; the ideal end result of the program would be intelligent, ethical leaders and scholars in multiple fields of endeavor. The three areas around which the course will revolve are: a) Oil, b) Robots, c) Penicillin. Each of these topics allows multiple facets of a university education in the old sense to be explored from philosophy, history and art to chemistry, physics and engineering. There will be multiple means of exploration for each of these topics, from lectures and in-class discussions to field trips and engagement activities; there will be writing assignments in every phase that will focus on writing skills and writing for different audiences. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 2755 -  UHL Seminar  (1 Credit)  

Repeatable. Max Hours: 4 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 4.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 2840 -  Independent Study  (1-6 Credits)  

Repeatable. Max Hours: 12 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 12.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 2850 -  Faculty-Mentored Research  (1-6 Credits)  

UNHL student research conducted under the supervision of UC Denver faculty. Prereq: Permission of sponsoring faculty mentor and UNHL Director. Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 2939 -  Internship  (1-3 Credits)  

Experiences involving application of specific, relevant concepts and skills in supervised employment situations. Prereq: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and permission of UNHL Director/Associate Director. Repeatable. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 3.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3010 -  Leadership Behavior: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives  (3 Credits)  

This course will provide students with an opportunity to integrate historical and contemporary issues in the study of leadership behavior. The course is based on leadership research and writing that reveals the leader as facilitator, collaborator, servant, and follower. The course will provide students with an opportunity to reflect, discuss, and write on topics and questions related to leadership and followership behavior. Prereq: UNHL 1100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3100 -  Ethics & Leadership: An Introduction  (3 Credits)  

This one-semester ethics and leadership course will introduce students to the wide variety of some of the best leadership theories and their application to current ethical issues. Prereq: UNHL 1100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3110 -  Leadership, Communication, and Conflict  (3 Credits)  

Leaders spend a significant amount of time managing conflict. This course is designed to explore the practical and theoretical basis of conflict and communication, and seeks to examine critical leadership processes that lead to the increased likelihood of organizational survival through successful conflict management. Prereq: UNHL 1100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3150 -  Negotiation, Bargaining, and Leadership  (3 Credits)  

This course integrates leadership theory and practice within a principled negotiation philosophy. Students will develop lifelong negotiation skills that reflect a principled negotiation framework for conflict management and strategic bargaining. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3160 -  Mindfulness and the Evolution of Consciousness  (3 Credits)  

The desire to understand consciousness has captivated the human imagination and raises important questions about human experience, awareness, nature, and life. This course is an exploration of the communication and evolution of consciousness in both historical and contemporary times. Consciousness scholarship covers broad areas of intellectual development, in particular, the relationship between our sense of human awareness and: biology, science, religion, art, nature, cosmology, culture, philosophy, metaphysics, and communication. Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL). Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3250 -  Leadership and Sustainability  (3 Credits)  

This course examines issues of sustainability and the leadership challenges associated with the creation of sustainable social structures. Topics covered include a wide range of sustainability concerns such as: global population and food scarcity, alternative fuels and energy systems, biological and human health, leadership and sustainability program development, and symbolic and media representations of sustainability. Prereq: UNHL 1100 and second- or third-year status in the UNHL program. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3310 -  Innovation, Cutting-Edge Knowledge, and Self-Guided Learning  (3 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with cutting-edge knowledge in major scientific and technological fields, against the background of cultural and artistic creativity, and to establish habits of lifelong, self-guided learning. To enhance this process, relevant faculty will be invited to speak about innovation in their field, both in class and during the planned panel discussion. Prereq: UNHL 1100 and second- or third-year status in the UNHL program. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3501 -  Love and Death in the Greek Classics  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces students to classical Greek literature, focusing on love and death in Homeric epic, lyric poetry, tragic drama, the history and social science of Thucydides, the comedies of Aristophanes, and Plato's philosophical dialogues. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3503 -  Ethics, Academic Integrity, and Social Responsibility  (3 Credits)  

This course combines research and class discussions in such a way that theories, viewpoints, and practical proposals regarding ethics and its application to intellectual responsibility are understood in their own right as well as in relation to other human activities. One daunting task will be facing up to the challenge of how to use the increasingly powerful information tools provided by universities. In the last third of the semester, students will be asked to work in teams on projects dealing with current ethics controversies. Prereq: UNHL 1100; not open to students who have taken UNHL 3100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3530 -  Making the Modern Environment  (3 Credits)  

Delve into how human societies have shaped the natural world. Interdisciplinary course asks how a distinctly modern environment was produced and discusses the origins of the contemporary environmental crisis. Analyzes historical contexts and scientific developments that have refashioned landscapes, altered human and ecological systems, and deeply affected ways of knowing and understanding environmental change. Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3540 -  On Sacred Ground: An exploration of the relationship of humans to nature  (3 Credits)  

On Sacred Ground is an exploration of the relationship of humans to nature. We examine process dynamics related to conservation, preservation, and rewilding, including: the complexity of natural systems, the conflicts embedded in colonial and postcolonial practices, natural and human threats to the planet, and species survival. Restriction: Restricted to students accepted to the University Honors and Leadership Program. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3620 -  Migration, Modernity, and Literacy  (3 Credits)  

An examination of the causes, consequences, difficulties, and enduring problems of migration in contemporary global society. Political, legal, and educational problems of modernity and mass migration are analyzed. Course work includes social scientific research into historical and contemporary migration flows. Prereq: UNHL 1100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3625 -  Food Justice: Urban Agriculture, Place, and Culture  (3 Credits)  

Addresses systemic inequities in access to fresh and healthy food as illustrated by neighborhoods termed “Food deserts.” Questions examined include how sustainable/ethical relationships can be established between growing food and creating community, developing consciousness of place, and affirming cultural food/agricultural traditions. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3630 -  Migration and Development  (3 Credits)  

The impact on societies across the globe of a record 214 million-plus migrants living outside of their countries of birth. An interdisciplinary overview of the historical roots, causes, and consequences in receiving and sending nations of contemporary international migration flows. Topics include brain gain and brain drain, gender differences, immigrant diasporas, remittances, acculturation, circular migration illegal immigrant flows, and transnational human trafficking. Focus on experiences in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast immigrant communities in the Denver region. Prereq: UNHL 1100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3755 -  Honors and Leadership Seminar  (1 Credit)  

This course provides students in UHL with an overview of concepts and practices core to critical and creative thinking, tools for effective written and oral communication, and an introduction to key themes across diverse topics and multiple disciplines. Restriction: Must be admitted to the University Honors and Leadership Program. Repeatable. Max hours: 2 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 2.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3816 -  Ethical Problems with Emerging Technologies  (3 Credits)  

This course identifies a number of the emerging technologies across various industries and disciplines, and seeks to understand the technologies and its practical applications in the real world, as well as any additional potential utilizations. It then explores the potential ethical challenges for both the developer and the industry, as well as for the nation in which it is developed, the U.S. and the world. Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL). Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3820 -  The Economics of Life  (3 Credits)  

Study of the economic approach to human behavior and its application to the analysis of markets and areas including politics, law, family life, and other social issues. Students will develop an understanding of how the economic approach differs from other approaches to analyzing these phenomena and for the possibilities and limitations of the economic approach. Prereq: UNHL 1100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3825 -  Irish Music, Peace, Politics, and Popular Culture  (3 Credits)  

This course explores traditional and contemporary music in Ireland, examines Irish politics and the peace process in the Republic and Northern Ireland, and considers ways in which various forms of Irish popular culture have represented Irishness and Irish identity. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3827 -  American Music, American Culture: Folk, Roots, and the Blues  (3 Credits)  

Explores 20th-century American history, integrating a multiplicity of cultural perspectives, regional identities, and musical events and personalities. We will explore the relatively recent history of race relations in this country, as well as cultural policies and changemakers throughout the development of the modern music industry. Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL). Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3830 -  Jazz in American Culture  (3 Credits)  

This class will explore the influence of jazz music (and related forms like ragtime and the blues) on American culture more generally. Specific topics to be explored include the Post-Reconstruction Race Politics, the Delta and the Great Migration, New Orleans, and the Harlem renaissance. Important figures of African-American literature, and Jazz & the Blues music will also be presented. Students will examine a multitude of literary and musical experiences through novels, short works, biographies, and listening. Prereq: UNHL 1100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3832 -  Theater Practices, Politics, and Social Justice  (3 Credits)  

This class will emphasize performance techniques from master theatre practitioners, as they illuminate the relevance of theatre both as a form of artistic expression and a vehicle for social change. Students will read major dramatic works, attend plays and create original performances exploring issues of political and social concern. Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL). Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3837 -  Representing Community in Literature, Drama, and Film  (3 Credits)  

This writing intensive course examines several artistic genres that illustrate and interrogate notions of community. Communities may include family, utopias, military, or towns, and students will be required to identify and investigate a community of their choosing. Community In the classroom is crucial to the class, and students will assign homework to each other in addition to presenting their work in class. Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL). Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3839 -  Athlete Activism in the US  (3 Credits)  

Activist athletes have worked for many decades to improve their sports, their countries, and their world. The risks they take are enormous and their personal rewards often minimal. This course will explore the history and culture of athlete activism as embodied in variety of struggles from access and labor conditions to health and safety within the sport to social justice in the world beyond. The course will consider the implications of the athletes’ actions and evaluate the consequences. Restriction: Restricted to current students with good standing in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL). Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3840 -  Creativity and Social Change  (3 Credits)  

This course draws on historical cases and contemporary movements to examine the ways human creativity - broadly situated across artistic, scientific, and social activities - can foster social change. Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL). Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3870 -  History and Culture of Spanish-Speaking World  (3 Credits)  

Study of the history, culture, politics, and social environment of Spain and/or the Spanish-speaking world. Topics determined by instructor. Prereq: UNHL 1100; UNHL 2870, SPAN 2120, or demonstration of second-year Spanish language proficiency through placement exam. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3910 -  Ideology and Revolution  (3 Credits)  

Was ideology invented in the 19th Century? Conservatism, Liberalism, Nationalism and Socialism were all invented in the short span of 1789 - 1870. In this course we read works of Edmund Burke, Karl Marx, J.S. Mill, and others who reacted to the French and Industrial Revolutions, hoping to repair the social fabric. Prereq: UNHL 1100. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3939 -  Internship  (1-3 Credits)  

Experiences involving application of specific, relevant concepts and skills in supervised employment situations. Prereq: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and permission of UNHL Director/Associate Director. Repeatable. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 3.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3995 -  Global Study  (1-4 Credits)  

UNHL Academic Honors track and Leadership Studies track. Travel study, with location and topics to be selected by the instructor. Prereq: UNHL 1100, 2755, and permission of the UNHL Director. Repeatable. Max Hours: 12 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 12.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 3999 -  Special Topics in Honors and Leadership  (1-6 Credits)  

Special Topics in the University Honors and leadership Program. Restriction: Must be a current University Honors and Leadership Program student, in good standing with the program. Max hours: 12 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 12.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 4420 -  Health Behaviors, Markets, and Policy  (3 Credits)  

This course is focused on policies that affect the provision of health care, the consumption of health care, and health behaviors. Students will be exposed to research from a variety of disciplines on health care markets, the role of government, and the causes and consequences of risky health behaviors. Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL). Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 4820 -  Facts and Critical Thinking  (3 Credits)  

Intensive analysis of primary literature from across the sciences. Students will expand their understanding and appreciation of the scientific method and develop the ability to critically analyze and evaluate experimental design in both scientific and social contexts. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 4840 -  Independent Study  (1-6 Credits)  

Repeatable. Max hours: 12 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 12.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 4850 -  Faculty-Mentored Research  (1-6 Credits)  

UNHL student research conducted under the supervision of UC Denver faculty. Prereq: Permission of sponsoring faculty mentor and UNHL Director. Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 4991 -  Senior Research Seminar I  (2 Credits)  

Capstone experience for UNHL program. Students will work in teams on research projects of a multidisciplinary nature. Prereq: Fourth-year standing in the UNHL program or permission of the UNHL Director. Max hours: 2 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).

UNHL 4992 -  Senior Research Seminar II  (2 Credits)  

Continuation of UNHL 4991. Students will work in teams on research projects of a multidisciplinary nature. Prereq: Fourth-year standing in the UNHL program or permission of the UNHL Director. Max hours: 2 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to students in the University Honors and Leaders Program (UNHL).