All 298H seminars are 3 credit hour classes. ACE credit is noted by each course. Enrollment in these courses will follow regular University enrollment procedures and occur on a first-come, first-served basis in accordance with your assigned priority registration times, unless otherwise noted. For example: if there is a study abroad component, you will need to apply through MyWorld.

Spring 2023 January Pre-session

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Interdisciplinary/Education Abroad

Costa Rica: Striving for Affordable, High-Quality Healthcare for All

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Class No.18784 Section PP1 See MyWorld for program dates
Costa Rica! Dr. Shinya Takahashi & Dr. Erin Sayer ACE 9

In this course, we will explore and examine the healthcare system in Costa Rica. The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), based in Costa Rica, will arrange lectures, site visits, observations, community work sessions, and cultural activities to provide students with in-depth content from local experts. Students will learn about the public-private model of healthcare and equity, healthcare management and case studies of healthcare services, and differences of healthcare systems in US and Costa Rica (including in Latin America as a whole). In addition, students will visit a local hospital and a clinic to observe and learn about how the medical facilities operate and challenges they are facing. From the on-site lectures and the first-hand observation and learning opportunities about the healthcare system in Costa Rica, students are stimulated to compare the healthcare system differences, strengths and challenges they are facing, future directions of the healthcare systems between US’s and one in Costa Rica.

Spring 2023 Regular Semester

Intellectual Creativity in Action


Eureka! Intellectual Creativity in Action

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Class No. 13157 Section 002 11:00-12:15pm, Tu/Th
Knoll 257 Dr. Christine Haney Douglass ACE 2

This course is an interdisciplinary seminar in which you will hear from a variety of professors from different fields. They will tell you their stories including any "eureka" moments of enlightenment, how they chose the career paths that they did, discussion of any challenges they had to face, mention of any controversies they encountered and discussion of some of their most rewarding moments along the way. The course will utilize multiple learning strategies that may include but are not limited to group cooperative learning strategies, group discussions, complex situational simulations, open-ended questioning, advanced readings and other multi-media resources.

Women, Leadership, & Power

Interdisciplinary/ Women's & Gender Studies

Women, Leadership, & Power

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No.: 13158 Section 003 12:30-1:45pm, Tu/Th
Knoll 257 Dr. Jennifer Kruse ACE 9; CAS CDR Humanities; Counts for WGS major/minor in "other courses" category

This class aims to introduce you to key issues related to women, leadership, and power across a broad range of areas in society and women’s lived experiences in/out of power (disciplinary areas include: activism, agriculture, the arts, athletics, business, education, military service and/or law enforcement, medicine/healthcare, politics/government service, religious leadership, and STEM). In this class, we will visit with guest speakers each week from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Additionally, we will learn about historical and contemporary women leaders, issues related to women and power, and how women navigate and challenge patriarchal contexts (those designed for men). Throughout this course, we will explore how these issues about leadership and power impact women in different ways based on their other intersecting identities, such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender expressions, sexuality, religion, etc.

We are interested in exploring the conditions that shape who is (and historically has been) in power and who is marginalized in these systems – and what the costs of navigating these systems are for women, in particular. In addition to traditional course projects, all students will engage in a community educational project. This course will help you think critically about the broader cultural, social, political, and historical implications of women and/in power.

Debt, Imperialism, Control


Debt, Imperialism, Control: Who Owes What to Whom?

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No.: **** Section 004 3:30-4:45pm, Tu/Th
Knoll 257 Prof. Julia Schleck ACE 5

How do people and whole countries get trapped by debt? Is requiring repayment an ethical or unethical practice? How does it intersect with power and control? Or the very idea of a society? What do we owe to each other? This course will explore the idea of debt—financial, moral, religious—and examine the ethics of debt in the various way that it plays out in both historical and contemporary contexts. Students will have the opportunity to explore and make a case for the rightness or wrongness of continuing indebtedness in their choice of modern context. Examples might include modern debt slavery, student loan debt, medical debt, reparations, incarceration, or others.

Freedom, Belonging and Hope

Interdisciplinary/ Modern Languages

Freedom, Belonging and Hope: Lessons from Central Europe to the Heartland of America

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Class No. 13162 Section 006 2:00-3:15pm, Tu/Th
Knoll 257 Dr. Hana Waisserova ACE 9

Nebraska has a rich history of immigration from central Europe, and this seminar will draw comparisons between that location and the central US to identify similarities and lessons that can be learned from them. Citizens and immigrants in these two seemingly disparate regions of the world share much in common, and we will explore how a common search for freedom, belonging, and hope characterizes peoples’ experiences in both locations. This course promotes dialogue as the best way to support the values of democracy and respect for human rights. Students will:

  • Engage in field trips in Nebraska to experience some of the cultures and issues discussed first-hand
  • Examine the culture, politics, and institutions of Central Europe and the US Heartland, and learn through merging local and global perspectives
  • Explore, share, and communicate current concerns with educated cultural empathy, and identify possible solutions to the pressing global issues
  • Role play global leaders, thinkers, and courageous professionals to openly debate and share current critical issues in the US Heartland and the Heart of Europe.
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Writing for Change: Crafting and Drafting State Legislative Policy

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Class No.18772 Section 008 3:30-4:45pm, Tu/Th
Knoll 258 Dr. Rachael Shah ACE 1; counts as 200-level course for English minors; counts for 200-level course for English majors in sub-area: writing

This class will engage you in real-world problem-solving by challenging you to conceive of, research, develop, and present a policy idea to a Nebraska state senator. You have the potential to make a concrete impact: LB519, a bill that offers immunity from drug and alcohol charges for those who report sexual assault, was recently signed into law--and that policy change was driven by an Honors student’s work in a previous version of this class. This class is offered through a deep collaboration with Civic Nebraska, a non-partisan civic literacy organization that will connect us directly to resources and stakeholders at the capitol.

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Story to Stage: The Practice of Documentary Theatre

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Class No.***** Section 010 12:30-1:45pm, MW
Knoll 257 Dr. Ann Marie Pollard ACE 7

This class will explore the power of theatrical production to tell real stories. We will learn about the practices of documentary theatre. We will apply what we learn to content we source ourselves – curiosities, intrigues, challenges, and atrocities – experiences of the world we want to shine a light on. UNL’s Grand Challenges will serve as a starting ground for our thematic conversations. As this is a 298H solutions seminar, our focus will be on exploring theatrical tools to tackle “wicked problems” through the collaborative setting of a theatre ensemble and the creative problem solving of the theatrical rehearsal room. The medium of a play allows playwrights, directors, actors, and audiences to grapple with enduring questions and challenges. So, our aim will first be to look at others who have used this process to look at an enduring question and then steal from their experiences to create our own play(s). The process of devising a full-scale theatre production out of our sourced material takes longer than our class lasts. This process is one that takes research and extended exploration and drafts and rewrites. To that end, while the work we do will be shaped into a final product of some kind, the true final will be a project pitch of your own.