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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)

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RCIDIV 216. What is Mathematics?

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: High school algebra. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

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

This is a "Math Appreciation" course, which does not attempt to train mathematicians, and does not satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement, but rather aims to educate those who have an interest in math but may not be proficient in its technique. Mathematics is very badly taught in the United States primary and secondary educational system, with the result that many interested people are 'math-abused' – turned off to the entire subject, never realizing that math is a humanity, oriented towards the pursuit of beauty, with very close relations to philosophy, music, and art.

Recently, two very controversial books have appeared that give radical accounts of the origins, ontology, and epistemology of mathematics, and of its role in science: Lakoff and Núñez' Where Does Mathematics Come From? proposes a cognitive explanation of how mathematics is derived from human metaphor, and Wolfram's A New Kind of Science provides nothing less than a complete refiguration of science based on the concept of algorithm.

The books are quite different, with almost no overlap in content, though they are in principle not incompatible with each other. Both have stirred both critical acclaim and argument, and they bid fair to combine with other current trends in math, like experimental mathematics, to change both mathematical theory and practice in the 21st Century. This has potentially enormous implications, aesthetic and otherwise.

After a lengthy introduction to the history and scope of current mathematics and the concepts involved in it, concluding with the "Foundations Catastrophe" that rocked math for three centuries and culminated in Gödel's and Cohen's famous proofs, we will read both books, comparing, contrasting, and critiquing the views they present. We will try to discover what the fuss is all about, and we'll also try to have some fun. Math is fun – another well-kept secret in American education.

There will be considerable reading, occasional papers and other assignments, and a term project. Active participation in class is a course requirement, in addition to other assignments.

Prerequisites: High School Algebra and Geometry.

This course is open to and welcomes students from outside the Residential College, including arts, math, and science students, especially engineers. Despite the fact that this is a RC course, any student from any college may register for it.

Course Web page: http://www.umich.edu/~jlawler/geb.html
Email: jlawler@umich.edu

Required Textbooks:

  • Lakoff and Núñez, Where Does Mathematics Come From? ISBN 0465037712
  • Wolfram, A New Kind of Science ISBN 0824209702
  • Plus course packs at Excel on South U.

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RCIDIV 350. Special Topics.

Section 001 – Marxism. [1 credit].

Instructor(s): Carl Cohen (ccohen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The objectives of this course are to help students achieve a full understanding of the philosophy of Marxism – its roots, its theoretical integrity, and its applications, both in the 19th century and today.

We will read and study some classic texts, by Marx and others. Both defenses and attacks on these views will be discussed; our object throughout will not be advocacy but the comprehension of the work of one of the greatest philosophers of the modern world, and of the great movement of which Karl Marx is the central philosophical force.

Texts:

  • The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, K. Marx
  • The Communist Manifesto, K. Marx and F. Engels
  • Socialism, Utopian and Scientific, F. Engels
  • "Left Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder, V.I. Lenin
  • Plus a small coursepack, with selections (from Hegel, Feuerbach, and Marx) taken from my book: Communism, Fascism, and Democracy.

The course will be structured as follows:

  • Week 1.The Roots of Marxism: Hegel, Feuerbach, Utopian Socialism.
  • Week 2.Marx's early thought: Alienation and exploitation in capitalism.
  • Week 3.Dialectical Materialism: the central works of Marx and Engels, and the stages of revolution.
  • Week 4.Dialectical Materialism continued: Das Capital and the integration of philosophical and economic theory.

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RCIDIV 350. Special Topics.

Section 002 – Deutshes Theater.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 also will 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 350. Special Topics.

Section 003 – Beginning Javanese Dance. Meets with Dance 347.001

Instructor(s): Olivia Widyastuti

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course, students will study the technical skills, vocabulary, and repertory of classical Javanese dance. There will be instruction in the basic ways of walking, moving the hands and the head, and working with the dance scarf for the two types of dance performed by females (putrid and alus) and the two types of dance performed by males (gagah and alus). Students also will be given instruction in how to follow the rhythms of the Javanese gamelan orchestra that accompanies the dance. In addition, students will learn about the philosophical/spiritual underpinning of Javanese dance. After the students have learned the basic movements characteristic of all Javanese classical dance, they will begin to study particular characters and dances. Near the end of the academic term, students will participate in a dance drama. Students will be expected to learn their parts and to attend all rehearsals and the performance. In the month prior to the concert, they will be expected to attend additional rehearsals.

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RCIDIV 350. Special Topics.

Section 004.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May be elected for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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RCIDIV 351. Special Topics.

Section 001 – Advanced Javanese Dance. Meets with Dance 348.002.

Instructor(s): Wasi Bantolo

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course, students will study the technical skills, vocabulary, and repertory of classical Javanese dance. There will be instruction in the basic ways of walking, moving the hands and the head, and working with the dance scarf for the two types of dance performed by females (putrid and alus) and the two types of dance performed by males (gagah and alus). Students also will be given instruction in how to follow the rhythms of the Javanese gamelan orchestra that accompanies the dance. In addition, students will learn about the philosophical/spiritual underpinning of Javanese dance. After the students have learned the basic movements characteristic of all Javanese classical dance, they will begin to study particular characters and dances. Near the end of the academic term, students will participate in a dance drama. Students will be expected to learn their parts and to attend all rehearsals and the performance. In the month prior to the concert, they will be expected to attend additional rehearsals.

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RCIDIV 351. Special Topics.

Section 002 – Telling It.

Instructor(s): Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel (dmgordon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

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 term commitment to the project, meeting on Monday afternoons to prepare for a Wednesday afternoon playshop with the children. Each week the team will develop a creative arts playshop that will work to channel the experiences of a group of 7-11 year-olds 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. As the academit term 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. Students also will enroll for RCIDIV 350.004(#31673) for 1 credit. The course requires students to be free Mondays and Wenesdays from 4-7.

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RCIDIV 391 / ENVIRON 391. Sustainability and the Campus.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Catherine E Badgley

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in environmental studies, global change, or related field (e.g., ENVIRON 201, 240, 270). (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course exlores the ecological, and to some degree, social sustainability in higher education in a dynamic, interactive way. Course readings focus on pressing environmental issues facing the world and the campus, as well as providing examples of how campuses are successfully dealing with these issues. Through readings, field trips, lectures and projects, students become familiar with different aspects of the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor campus. Comparison is made with sustainable practices at other university campuses as well as with services at the university. Students write short weekly critiques, a research paper, and conduct a substantial group project on an environmental issue of campus life. This project is the basis of a longer report and presentation to the class and to relevant university administrators. Thus, this course focuses on active, participation-based learning, and students should leave the course with tools and experience to create campus environmental change.

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