Offers a varying service-learning practicum experience as corequisite to a service-learning lecture course.May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the practica are different. Graded pass/fail.
Focuses on a heated topic of discussion since the Constitution was drafted: the censorship of books. This class will look at some classics in literature: Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, and Huck Finn, and will explore the questions of why they were controversial and whether censorship of books is ever justified. Graded pass/fail.
Explores comic books as literature and visual art. This course will introduce methods of literary analysis and apply them to a specific medium of art: the comic book. Discussions will focus on content and form and will be guided by questions about the way in which art is defined and categorized. Graded pass/fail.
Class texts and films explore social justice and structural violence in regard to humans, animals, and the environment in the light of a Gandhian approach to these issues. Outreach work in the community is included.
Studies an aspect of the theme of the Center for Humanities Seminar Program each year, and will be taught by faculty participants in the Center's fellowship program. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
Examines how diverse writers have created unique personal narratives that shape memory within historical and social contexts. Works will exemplify a wide range of literary structures, themes, and strategies that enhance an understanding of the genre and provide models for students' own lifewriting assignments. Approved for arts and sciences CORE curriculum: literature and the arts.
Through a focus on race, class, sexual orientation, and physical ability, this course explores privilege, oppression, and empowerment in the United States. Through community service, students learn how oppression and privilege interact, and apply classroom learning to community experiences. Same as LDSP 2400. Approved for the arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity or contemporary societies
Eighteen films depict our capacities for good and evil. Topics addressed include the following: the Holocaust, Jung's concept of "The Shadow," the Seven Deadly Sins, altruistic and sociopathic personalities, capital punishment, the redemptive narrative, and the satanic in film. Same as FILM 2613. Approved for arts and sciences CORE curriculum: ideals and values.
Through selected readings in classical literature on ethics and through more contemporary readings and films, examines critical ethical issues relating to the competition of ambitions and the alternative styles of choosing between courses of action in adangerous world. Uses biographies of those whose lives illustrate both the complexities of the struggles and the profundity of possibilities. Considers the unconscious metaphors of national visions and ambitions, the competing ethics of ends and means, the conflicting ambitions in a pluralistic society, and the transcendent ambitions of visionaries. Same as HONR 2250. Approved for arts and sciences CORE curriculum: ideals and values.
Examines major ecological, political, economic, cultural, legal, and ethical issues that will shape the future. Students consider how their decisions influence the future, and reflect on fundamental values and ideals underlying the search for solutions to these complex problems. Approved for the arts and sciences CORE curriculum: ideals and values.