RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 Daemons, Princes and Saints: Views of Love Across the Disciplines
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The notion of love—romantic, sacred, or profane—has long captured the critical minds and creative talents of authors, artists, psychologists, sociologists, biologists, and self-help gurus. In this reading-intensive seminar, we will focus the collegiate “life of the mind” on matters of the heart. We will explore a wide range of academic and literary responses to this essentially-human emotion: (1) the troubadours & courtly love, (2) the theme of the demon lover, (3) love in myth and fairy tales, (4) sacred love and union with the Divine, (5) eastern views of love, (6) gay & lesbian love from myth and contemporary sources, and (7) the psychological and biological foundations of love. Course readings will be numerous and selected from a wide variety of sources in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

> We will read short stories by Olive Schreiner, Shirley Jackson, Fiona Macleod, Frank Stockton, and O. Henry. We’ll read the poetry of Rumi and C.S. Lewis’ novel, Till We Have Faces. Selections from Ackerman’s A Natural History of Love, Crenshaw’s The Alchemy of Love and Lust, and Tabener's Aphrodisiacs: The Science of Myth will introduce us to the “science of love.” We will examine romance comic books from the 1950s-1970s, the imagery of tarot cards, and Spiritualists’ descriptions of “love after death.” Finally, we will explore how psychologists and sociologists monitor our love-behavior with such articles as: (a) Love and dating experiences in early and middle adolescence: grade and gender comparisons; (b) Love Means Never Having to Be Careful: The Relationship Between Reading Romance Novels and Safe Sex Behavior; and (c) A Study of Men and Women From Different Sides of Earth to Determine if Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus in their Beliefs about Love and Romantic Relationships.

This seminar will emphasize expository writing as we focus on improving our ability to read, write, and speak critically. The writing goals include: to improve the mechanics of writing (grammar, punctuation, organization); to produce clear, informative, persuasive, and logical prose; to approach writing with seriousness, diligence and productivity; to respond effectively to suggestions and criticism by the instructor and others; to generate self-criticism and analysis of intellectual choices; and to value intellectual risk-taking and unexpected results.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
002 (SEM)
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19987
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1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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22539
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5RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (SEM)
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25135
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WF 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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25141
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TuTh 11:00AM - 12:30PM
008 (SEM)
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25143
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
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35279
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3RC Ugrd
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012 (SEM)
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30573
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1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
013 (SEM)
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28475
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
014 (SEM)
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46141
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
015 (SEM)
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46142
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
016 (SEM)
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49017
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MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill Copying
ISBN: 9780156904360
Till we have faces : a myth retold, Author: Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963., Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Co 1984
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Other Textbook Editions OK.
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