250. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors
students. (3). (SS).
Section 001 – Integration, Segregation, and Diversity in Contemporary America. The contemporary debate on "multiculturalism" has seemingly drawn nearly equal numbers of supporters and detractors. On one side, advocates of ethnic pluralism and diversity argue that American society must come to grips with the realities of the "new" racial and ethnic diversity if the country is to exist as a genuinely inclusive democracy. On the other side, critics of the recent "fever of ethnicity" argue that such advocacy far too often degenerates into a romantic, uncritical "celebration" of diversity for its own sake, ignoring the positive aspects of the historic ideal of a common culture. This seminar will explore these issues through intense readings and discussion, a portfolio, a short research paper/project, and weekly seminar reports on selected ethnic groups (e.g., Blacks, Chinese, Germans, Irish, Italians, Japanese, Jews, Mexicans, Muslims, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans). The central texts are Ronald Takaki, ed., From Different Shores: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America, Thomas Sowell's Ethnic America: A History, Mary C. Waters' Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America, Milton M. Gordon, ed., America as a Multicultural Society, and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. (Allen)
Section 003 – The Information Society. We are told that we live in the Information Society, a post-Industrial environment in which information accumulation, processing and use occupy a major portion of our work time. In this course we will examine some of the provocative and challenging issues that the Information Society presents in technical, social, economics, aesthetic and visual dimensions. Ultimately through lecture, discussion and readings balanced with hands-on labs using infotech tools and small group projects, we will consider such questions as: How should society capture time? What is the value of yesterday's news? How does technology shape society or society shape technology? What is the ultimate information tool? Can we keep secrets electronically? Who will control what society "knows"? Course requirements: weekly lab assignments; final exam or paper; class discussion and some group work . Text: readings will be assigned from a variety of sources and accessible via course reserve, course pack and online systems. WL:3 (Holland)
251. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors
students. (3). (HU).
Section 001 – Imagination. The Romantics claimed that Imagination was both an artistic and a cognitive faculty; the seminar will begin by considering both the structure of the Romantic literary Imagination and the Romantic theory of knowledge in works by Wordsworth, Blake, and Coleridge. Attention will then shift to more general questions: Does artistic Imagination tell us anything about reality? Can Imagination become a rigorous mode of cognition? What is its relationship to rationality? Does some form of Imagination have a place in science and ethics? The nature of metaphorical thinking will be considered, as will the function of Imagination in scientific revolutions (Kuhn, Barfield, Goethe), ethics (Schiller), the psychology of perception, and the visual art (Cezanne, Merleau-Ponty). Cost:3 WL:3 (Amrine)
Section 002 – Yin and Yang: Relationships Between the Sexes in the Chinese Literary Tradition. Romance, sentimentality, anger, revenge, hate, bawdiness, eroticism, modesty, faithfulness, infidelity: these and many other human experiences weave their way through the rich Chinese literary tradition in ways that inspire, titillate, instruct, and entertain. This seminar will examine male-female relationship in Chinese literature from the ancient Book of Songs through contemporary fiction and poetry. Themes to be discussed include comparisons with Western literature and the correspondence between social interactions in literature and in society. Requirements include regular attendance and participation, several short writing assignments, a class presentation, a take-home final exam, and a final paper. (Crown)
252. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors
students. (3). (NS).
Section 001 – The History of Medicine and the Art of Humbug. This course centers around the evolution of modern medicine, including early Western medical concepts and the introduction of scientific method. In addition, attention will be directed at current fads: acupuncture, ESP, astral projections, chiropractic, diets, etc. Students are required to read one book from the suggested reading list that is provided on the first day of class and write two papers, a short paper at mid-term and a 5-6 page paper at the end of the term. (Malvin)
Section 002 – The Great Ideas of Physical Science. This seminar may be viewed as a physical science equivalent of Great Books. Its aim is to examine the great ideas of the physical sciences from the 13th century to the present, to see them in the context of their own time, to gauge their impact upon succeeding generations and to assess their role in the cultural development of this century. The main prerequisite is a curiosity about scientific ideas and a willingness to put as much reading time into the course as would be expected for either the Great Books or one on the history of the novel. A background in introductory physics, chemistry, astronomy and calculus will be helpful. There will be two ninety-minute discussions per week, together with such other modes of discourse as seem possible and appropriate. Grades will be based upon three papers and, to a lesser degree, in-class contributions. Cost:NA WL:3 (Dunn)
493. College Honors Seminar. Permission
of instructor or of the Honors Director. (1-4). (Excl). May be
repeated for a total of 8 credits.
Section 001 – Health Care Revisited: Reform. Isssues facing the reform of health care in U.S. will be the focus of this seminar to be led by C.E. Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General. The seminar will meet on Wednesday, October 5 from 1 until 5 p.m. and on Thursday morning, October 6 from 9 until 12 noon. Admission is by application only. Applications are available in the Honors office. (One credit). (Koop)
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