HON 115: Perspectives on the Human Experience II

World Thought and Experience, Round II

Themes this semester: Government and Citizenship; Religious Freedoms; Economics and Justice; Surveillance, Protection, Censorship and Expression; Drugs

This course focuses on issues of contemporary, global importance. You will have the opportunity to make connections between disciplines, cultures, and perspectives, creating awareness that will help you respond to the world’s existing and developing challenges.

Required Texts

Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural by Arthur Lehmann and James E. Myers

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna

Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins, 2005, Edition 4

* Additional materials will be in the form of handouts

* There are a variety of documentaries/films you will be required to watch for homework over the course of the semester; these can be streamed through Netflix or Amazon Prime. If you do not have access to Netflix or Amazon Prime, you will be required to stream the videos from elsewhere or watch from a friend’s!


Government & Citizenship, Surveillance, Protection, Censorship and Expression, Economics & Justice

*9/11 & the War on Terror
*the NSA & Ed Snowden (Snowden & Citizen 4)
*censorship in China, North Korea and the U.S./net neutrality (John Oliver)
*utopias and dystopias, cults as failed utopias (Gattaca, Going Clear)  


Religious Freedoms, Drugs

*the history of religion + eco-feminism (When the Drummers Were Women, Rogan)
*what is a drug? What is an addiction? Cultural stigmas, ever-changing definitions
*Drug Scheduling, the U.S. (and foreign) War on Drugs – Nixon, Race, Hippies
*Cleaning up Addiction in Portugal and other countries
*Prescription abuse in the U.S. + Big pharma + Olympic scandal (Icarus)
*Changing Legalities in the U.S.
*indigenous use of plant medicines, ancient & contemporary, MAPS modern therapies
*religious/sacred use of plants (Spirit documentary, G. Hancock TED)
*plants & evolution (Darwin’s PharmacyFood of Gods, Shamanic Dimensions, Sagan)

Professor Jaclyn Costello

on ‘Technology as a Drug’

Professor Jaclyn Costello

cellular glow

Professor Jaclyn Costello

from Government and Citizenship

former DEA officers visit classroom during Government & Citizenship Unit

Professor Jaclyn Costello

Professor Jaclyn Costello

showing pictures of copious amounts of confiscated cocaine

Professor Jaclyn Costello

Professor Jaclyn Costello

exploring Goddesses outside during Eco-feminism unit