250. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors
students. (3). (SS).
Section 001 – Law, Culture, and American Minority Groups. This course is centered on the status of minority groups in the United States. It is both historically oriented and interdisciplinary in approach. It begins with the making of the Constitution and deals with nineteenth-century issues such as citizenship, slavery, the status of American Indian tribes and Asian laborers. The second half of the course deals with twentieth-century issues. Although some focus will be provided by the student-led roundtable discussions, the following groups will be discussed: religious minorities (Amish, Adventists, Mormons), Native Americans (land controversies, gaming), racial minorities (Japanese-American internment), immigration reforms, and the great battles, legal, political, and social, of the Civil Rights Movement. (Wacker)
Section 002 – Organizational Behaviors, Structures, and Dynamics. This course examines behavior in organizations, as well as the behavior of organizations. We all work in "organizations." How does the organizational environment affect what we do and how we act? What are the main kinds of organizational cultures, and how do we fit into them? Four cultures will be specifically explored – the clan culture, the hierarchy culture, the market culture, and the advocacy culture. Implications for us personally will be considered. But organizations are also actors. Organizations make, or do not make decisions. They need to contend with rapidly changing environments. Organizations which fail to contend and adapt appropriately become "boiled frogs." We will examine conditions which distinguish those organizations which adapt from those which are rigid and die. Students will have the opportunity to assess their own "style" and its fit with organizational styles. Issues of leadership, gender, and race in organizations will be a special theme. (Tropman)
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 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, but is not necessary. 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. WL:3 (Dunn)
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