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HONR 201: Honors Workshop

This guide will help students research content for their Honors 201 projects.


Find Background Information

Consider using encyclopedias and other reference sources when you begin researching a topic. Some encyclopedias will provide more in-depth information than others, but any general encyclopedia is a good source to consult for background information of your chosen subject area. Most encyclopedias provide:

  • Main concepts, including names, dates, places
  • Keywords and subject terms related to topic
  • Lists of related articles or additional resources 


This guide describes databases, search tools, and library services to support your research in Honors 201.

The library is here to support you in all your research endeavors. Librarians are happy to answer any questions or provide additional help.



Students will choose their topic for a tutorial by identifying a challenge they would like to research/problem they would like to solve.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will serve as a framework for students to select their challenge/problem. Students will form groups with others so the problem can be researched together and perhaps from more than one disciplinary perspective.

In terms of the research (and supporting sources students need to find): 

  • students will develop a course calendar.
  • Weekly sub-topic related to overall challenge/problem with supporting academic and credible sources (i.e., not popular press articles found via Google).
  • Students will identify companies/organizations who are working to address the selected challenge/problem
  • Students must rely on information besides peer-reviewed academic journals, but these sources should still be credible. 

Finding articles on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Use the following databases to locate articles related to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Finding Companies/ Organizations whose work supports these UN Sustainable Development Goals


Student groups and assignments (9/13/22)

Group 1: Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions: Religious institutions and themes in literature (e.g., Chronicles of Narnia)

  • How religion interplays in the establishment of social hierarchies and thus affects peace, justice, and strong institutions. 

Group 2: Gender Equality:

  • How does placing women in positions to make decisions positively or negatively impact a country? 
  • How can women be seen as equals when some societies have sexism built into the religious structure?
  • Does all political leadership get treated the same, or is there a difference between how female and male leadership are treated?
  • Why do women make up nearly half of the world’s population but are severely underrepresented is work and government agencies?
  • Does all political leadership get treated the same, or is there a difference between how female and male leadership are treated?

Group 3: Zero Hunger:

  • How much of the food purchased by US college campuses are locally grown and in addition how much overall food is wasted on average at a college campus?
  • Could spreading awareness about world hunger in United States communities make the world hunger rate decrease overtime?
  • If hunger and economy are related, to extinguish hunger it would also be necessary to help those countries develop economically. However, a country doesn’t develop overnight, so what are ways to immediately help those who are starving without having to wait for development?
  • How can people with low incomes avoid food insecurity?
  • Are they promising this all around the world? Or just the poor places in the US?

Group 4: Good Health & Well-Being:

  • How much can education about sexual health help save these young women from high mortality rates?
  • Complications in relation to child health throughout history and how we might improve general health of children across the globe.
  • What barriers are there that may inhibit someone’s access to proper healthcare and other basic needs? Why do these barriers exist?
  • Will free fitness and nutrition courses for the public decrease premature morbidity for those who are susceptible to non-communicable diseases?
  • How can I get involved in the greater Deland area to help volunteer to provide healthcare and other means of aid to underprivileged populations?


Group 5: Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions

  • How has the marginalization of the poor, and weak contributed to the decrease in social justice?
  • How can sports be used as a tool for peacebuilding?
  • How can we as citizens protect liberty, provide equity, equality, and dismantle/reform corrupt institutions and practices through legislation for ALL peoples?
  • What regions of the world are the numbers predominantly emanating from? What are the barriers to providing legal identity for more people?
  • How can we compare slavery as it was in the past to institutions of slavery today? How might being a person of color influence one's ability to achieve wealth in America?

Group 6: Sustainable Cities & Communities

  • What are the sustainable items needed to make a city or nation a habitable place for its residents? How can these factors be improved to lead development of the habitation for residents
  • How can we develop and impact the communities by increasing our limited resources, such as sustainable materials, financial services, and accessible systems?
  • How can we carefully transition from a car-dependent society to one that centers on reliable modes of public transit?
  • Can cities and communities preserve their sustainability when encountering severe droughts and down periods such as the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • A challenge I would like to address is the relationship between the dependency on agriculture and agricultural expansion resulting from population growth

Group 7: Climate Action & Affordable and Clean Energy

  • How can climate change prevention be marketed in a way which makes it more appealing to the public?
  • To what extent can the use of alternative electrochemical cells such biomass-derived cells reduce the environmental strain caused by the manufacturing and recycling processes for Lithium-Ion batteries?
  • What are some things that the United States can do to reverse the situation of climate change and set an example for other nations?
  • How has the UN’s warning on the impact of climate change impacted green policy in the US?
  • The primary focus of funding for clean energy should be first and foremost in developed nations, as it will have a far greater impact than in developing countries.

Group 8: No Poverty

  • How to effectively eradicate corruption as a major effect of severe poverty in affected countries.
  • Help to decrease poverty in Deland
  • Why do human beings associate poverty and homelessness with laziness specifically in American society? What type of media or advertisements in society has brought us to this type of reasoning and thinking?
  • How can we stop poverty in the new small city gone large lifestyle?

Group 9: Quality Education

  • What was the overall impact on coronavirus and education? What happens if this situation happens again, will the results differ or be the same?
  • How has the number of children who were previously deprived of education changed over the years and has COVID-19 drastically made a change in this area?
  • How does access to education positively impact other elements of our society?
  • How can we get most children to meet standards? What needs to change in our education system to reach out goal?
  • How can countries with materials and access to educational tools do a better job to encourage and implement lifelong learning in developing countries? How will this impact these developing countries?

Group 10: Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure/Reduced Inequalities/Sustainable Cities & Communities

  • The push for better internet and better technologies will be important to sustain an expanding world. The increased population in developing nations means that there is a need for innovations to feed a growing world without having to sacrifice most of it to farmland.
  • Can the world sustain strong, reliable, eco-friendly infrastructure while not leaving anyone behind?
  • What historical developments in recent centuries prevented much of the world from access to the infrastructure, industries, and innovations that we in the most developed countries take for granted?
  • Covid pandemic hit those with lower incomes or lower SES the worst
  • I would like to know from an economic perspective, the extent of the benefits brought in health, environmental sustainability, and productivity that would arise with better land use, civil engineering, and a better understanding of human geography.

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