Announcing New Honors Winter Classes

As you continue to sign up for next quarter’s classes, we’re happy to announce two additional Honors courses you can take completely online this Winter:

HON 102 China: History, Philosophy, and Empire

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:30

Online: Synchronous

Prof. Faruk Rahmanovic

This course will broadly survey the cultural, intellectual, and historical past of China – the oldest continuous civilization in the world – which has spanned an enormous geographical area (3,705,000 sq, miles) over an immense period of time (more than ~3,500 years of accumulated written history). This exploration will range across historical contexts and cultural findings to ground an examination of the philosophy generated over the course of this vast history in order to better understand a Chinese perspective and tradition that has shaped East Asia over more than three millennia, and endures even today. 

HON 104 Reason and Truth: Historical and Religious Perspectives 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:40-4:10

Online: Synchronous

Prof. Faruk Rahmanovic

Ideas about the role and nature of reason, knowledge, and truth have been the foundation that has shaped every civilization on every continent – as far as we know. These same ideas are also the basis of our understanding of morality and ethics – from the conduct of individuals to the fabric of social structure, law, and governance of peoples, states, and empires. In other words, this is a study of the most important questions for understanding both where we are, and how it is that we got here. In this course, we go behind the scenes to understand how these ideas arose out of religious systems across the world, how and why they changed in the age of Enlightenment, and how we finally arrived at the present. This is a highly interdisciplinary and multicultural course and will involve the study of Confucian, Hindu, Christian, and Islamic ideas.

With Winter Break around the corner, did you know that you could take courses in December at no additional charge? DePaul offers condensed December Intersession courses each year that you can take for full credit. It’s a great way to knock out required classes in a shorter period of time. This year, the Honors program has an exciting class to offer for December Intersession!

HON 203/301 Seminar in Multiculturalism: Race and Space

Monday-Thursday 9:30-11:30


Prof. Jesse Mumm

How do our forms of belonging to places inform our forms of belonging to each other?  To be part of a ‘race’ has long meant belonging to – and therefore with – a group of people defined by ‘where they are from.’  Twentieth-century Chicago codified this as neighborhoods that were segregated into racial supermajorities by state policies, market forces, and white vigilante violence.  Communities, ethnicities, and ‘races’ became synonymous with specific pieces of the urban landscape: Chinese Chinatown, Mexican Pilsen, Irish Bridgeport, Black Woodlawn, and so on, but a fuller story includes native land claims, and Chicago as a site of race mixing, long before the invention of segregation.  This course examines histories of inequity in the fabric of the city; at the same time looks at forms of radical resistance, place-making, mutual aid, and redefining the meanings of kinship, race, gender, and sexuality. You will read work by scholars in critical ethnic studies, history, law, sociology, and anthropology, balanced with memoirs, life histories, and writings by contemporary thinkers confronting racism and white supremacy today. Inhabiting place – and taking up space – on their own terms, this class explores how people have reshaped policies, color lines, and their own imaginations of who they are. 

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