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Honors Program

Honors Program

Honors Thesis Abstracts - Fall 2011 - Winthrop Students' Research

South Carolina’s Proactive Response to the Post-Recessionary Tourism Climate

Presented at the Honors Thesis Colloquium, Winthrop University, April, 2010

Student: Rose Giavedoni 2011

This paper explores South Carolina's successful strategies in planning, marketing, and packaging to attract visitors after tourism had dropped off dramatically following the 2008 financial crash and economic aftermath.

Regional Neoliberalism: The New System in Latin America

Presented at the Honors Thesis Colloquium, Winthrop University, April, 2011

Student: Katrina Jorsch 2011

CAS – Department of Political Science

This paper seeks to explore the question of the perceived shift to the left in Latin America with the institution and expansion of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). It argues that there is not an economic swing to the left through this bloc, but a creation of a new version of neoliberalism that has been adjusted to benefit the current member nations of MERCOSUR that is understood by others to be against the current global system. The paper uses the European Union (EU) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as models for the comparison to draw the conclusion that MERCOSUR is simply a refined neoliberal economic system.

Sex Testing in the Olympics: Ethical or Not?

Presented at the Honors Thesis Colloquium, Winthrop University, April, 2010

Student: Courtney Littlejohn 2011

When most think of sport, most think of the game and the drama that unfolds on the playing field or court. The ethical context of sport is foreign to some, and not considered by many. There are many ethical guidelines that govern the actions of the participants, practices, and governing bodies in sport. Many of these guidelines that cause some question several of the policies that are implemented. The ethical question regarding sex testing in the Olympics arose during the summer games of 2009 with the emergence of Caster Semenya, a South African runner, whom was thought to be impersonating a female, and was scrutinized because of her physical appearance and dominance on the track. This incident resurrected the dark history of sex testing for female athletes in the Olympics. This research paper will discuss the history of sext testing in the Olympics and the ethical questions surrounding the issue, along with the issues associated with sex testing, testing determinates, possible explanations of abnormalities, transsexuals in the Olympics, arguments in support and opposition of sex testing, and the ethical theories that are associated with sex testing. Ultimately, the thesis will make an argument for why sex testing in the Olympics is unethical.

College abbreviations

CAS = College of Arts & Sciences

CBA = College of Business Administration

COE = College of Education

CVPA = College of Visual & Performing Arts