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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in RC Interdivisional


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


RCIDIV 216. Gödel, Escher, Bach.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John Lawler (jlawler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school algebra. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/geb.html

Douglas Hofstadter's 1980 book Gödel, Escher, Bach is one of the most popular unread books in history. Subtitled "A Metaphoric Fugue on Men, Machine, and Minds in the style of Lewis Carroll", it won the Pulitzer Prize and enjoys continuing sales, but far more people have bought it than have actually read it, not to speak of understanding it.

This course will discuss many of the themes that run through the book: mathematics, computing, artificial intelligence, metaphor, creativity, pattern and structure, logic and meaning, art, music, history, and consciousness. The goal will be to improve our critical understanding of these and other topics by providing the mathematical, historical, logical, and scientific background for evaluating Hofstadter's oeuvre. We will attempt to actually finish the book, and will read a number of collateral works on the foundations and history of logic and mathematics.

Active participation in class, and in a computer conference, are course requirements, in addition to other assignments.

Required textbooks:

  • Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach
  • Barrow, Pi in the Sky
  • Lakoff & Johnson, Metaphors We Live By

Plus course pack.

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RCIDIV 350. Special Topics.

Section 001 Topic?

Instructor(s): Katherine Mendeloff

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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RCIDIV 350. Special Topics.

Section 002 Deutsher Theater. (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

Instructor(s): Janet Hegman Shier (jshie@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jshie/

In this one credit course, students will be introduced to some traditions in German theater and to the major German theater journals. We will read several German dramas together as a group and will focus on pronunciation and fluency, using speech exercises by Rudolf Steiner. Finally, students will be introduced to the working methods of RC Deutsches Theater which will take place in Winter 2003 through theater warm-ups and theater designed to improve concentration and flexibility acting. This mini-course will meet for 8 sessions during the term. (Dates to be announced by September 1st). Each student will also meet with the instructor twice outside of class for individual work on pronunciation and diction. All students will keep a journal. No tests and no papers required. Open to students in second-year German and above.

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RCIDIV 351. Special Topics.

Section 001 Telling It: A Community Based Arts and Literacy Program

Instructor(s): Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course students will be working with university and community artists to use the arts to enhance the writing skills of children staying in Washtenaw County homeless shelters. Students will need to make a one semester commitment to the project, meeting on Monday afternoons to prepare for a Wednesday afternoon playshop with the children. Each week the team will focus on two creative arts disciplines and work closely with the group of 6-12 year old children to channel their arts experience into writing.

The course is designed for students who are interested in early childhood education and how to use the arts as an educational tool. The project is community based and targets a severely under served population which will meet both at the RC and in a shelter space. As the semester progresses, students will be required to keep a journal of their experiences and observations with special attention to how the arts affect literacy. The course is limited to ten students who are sophomores, juniors or seniors and who either have had some experience with community groups and/or who have studied sociology.

Please email a2deb@yahoo.com for more information.

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