Lloyd Hall Scholars Program Courses (Division 445)

Lloyd Hall Scholars Program is proud of the quality and innovation of its course offerings. The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program offers small, personal, and engaging classes to first- and second-year students. Each course presents challenging new material and approaches to liberal arts education. In addition, one of the unique features of Lloyd Hall Scholars Program courses is that our teachers live in Alice Lloyd Hall where the courses themselves are held. The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program course offerings change each term. Examples of recent courses are "Freedom and Learning in Higher Education," "Classics Reconsidered: Change and the Literary Masterpieces," "Thinking and Writing for Social Change," "Why Do Mexicans Call Us Gringos?," and "Violence in America." Recently offered mini-courses include "Genocide," "Songs, Poems and Heretics," "The Cultural Roots of Rock and Roll," and "The World of Shakespeare."

For information on the classes being offered this term, pick up a Lloyd Hall Scholars Program course guide at the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program Office or call 764-7521. The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program Office located on the main floor of Alice Lloyd Residence Hall. Lloyd Hall Scholars students are given preference in registering for Pilot courses. Students not in the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program may find some space in Lloyd Hall Scholars Program courses but will have a lower priority for entry.

160. Pilot Theme Experience. Lloyd Scholars. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. A maximum of 20 Lloyd Scholars credits may be counted toward a degree.
Section 001 The 'U' and You.
Transitions involve both connections and changes. This course will support and focus your ability to navigate your first year journey by acquainting you with the institution of the University of Michigan. From philosophical, educational, and historical frameworks, this introductory mini-course will provide a solid base for beginning your transition from high school to college. All Pilot students are expected to enroll in this course. Attendance, a journal, selected readings, and one paper are required. Guest lectures, small discussions and activities are planned. Class will meet during Welcome Week. Course dates and times to be arranged.

165. Pilot Composition. (4). (Introductory Composition). A maximum of 20 Lloyd Scholars credits may be counted toward a degree.
Section 001 Reproductive Controversies: Legal, Ethical, and Sociopolitical Perspectives.
Individuals, social movements, and social institutions transformed sexual reproduction into an especially politically charged and morally problematic social practice during the past two centuries. This class will examine how reproduction issues emerged in the United States as an often violently contested social controversy. We will explore, for example, how individuals and social movements 'used' reproductive controversies to express various cultural anxieties and to repetitively engage sociopolitical questions concerning women and men's "proper place" in society. In addition, we will investigate contemporary legal developments and ethical debates concerning reproduction. For example, we will address so-called "maternal-fetal conflicts" (encompassing abortion, reproductive technologies, and fetal protection statutes) which evoke questions concerning whose rights, needs, and/or interests society shall privilege when a pregnant woman and 'the fetus' apparently possess "competing" or mutually exclusive claims. This class will actively engage students rhetorical skills (both written and oral) and will also feature archival and contemporary readings. (Adwere-Boamah)

Section 002 Freedom and Learning in Higher Education. The landscape of colleges and universities has shifted significantly in the past several decades. For example, there have been substantial changes in the makeup of the student body, student learning theory, and teaching methodology. While helping you master the basics of English composition, this course will highlight ways in which you can make the most from your college experience. Learn about yourself as well as your fellow students in this modern multicultural environment known as the University of Michigan as your critical writing skills are improved. (Johnson)

Section 003 The Politics of Criminal Law . The treat of crime remains a hot topic in America and a top priority for politicians. While the prison population has nearly tripled in the past two decades, there has not been a corresponding decline in crime. This course will examen how, as a society, we want to deal with those who break the law. We will begin by discussing theories of why people engage in criminal activity. Next, we will explore various perspectives on he goals of our penal system. We will then look at crime as a contemporary issue and observe how legislatures and courts have handled the broad policy questions surrounding criminal justice. The course will draw upon a number of disciplines including law, political science, philosophy, sociology and economics. (Levien)


Section 004 Voting is Not Enough. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the world has witnessed, especially in Europe but also elsewhere, an increase in claims to self-determination and self-government by populations previously silenced. This course examines some of the defining ideas of modern democratic theory, especially as it took shape in the United States during the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, in order to provide perspective on the changes taking place today. The course will examine this time period because it in some ways embraces issues current today. The transition from monarchy to democracy in the last century was accompanied by worries about the limitations of democracy, the preconditions for its success, and the need for mitigating the dangers of this "radical experiment" in governing. As the suffrage spread in England and America, such fears were by no means alleviated, since transitions in the economic and social structure of those countries brought new concerns to the fore. As a result, criticisms of democracy extended throughout the nineteenth century, and the variety of those criticisms is worth examining. These ideas will be the subject matter of the critical thinking and writing in this class. (McKee)

Section 005 Race, Racism, and American Law. The issues of race and racism are central to the construction of American law and society. From the framing of the constitution to the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement to the present debates on welfare and affirmative action, race has played a central role in the creation and application of American law. This course will provide an overview of the role of race and racism in American law from the beginning to the present and into the future. The course focuses on the experiences of African-Americans and other minority groups. Topics will include: (1) debates over slavery during the Constitutional Convention; (2) the Civil War and Reconstruction; (3) the Civil Rights Movement; and (4) legal cases and debates covering the issues surrounding integration and segregation, affirmative action, voting rights, and the criminal justice system. Students will be expected to discuss these controversial issues seriously and to learn how to think, rethink, and write their views on these issues. (Onwuachi)

Section 006 Cross-Cultural Perspectives: An Introduction to Arab Culture. This course aims to heighten students' cross-cultural awareness by introducing them to a world perspective different from their own. We begin with an investigation of the concept of 'culture,' and then move to Arab culture as the point of departure from which we explore various areas, including geographical and historical background, politics, social norms, women's issues, religion, language, literature, and music. Students are encouraged to remove the culture-specific glasses from which they view the world and try out Arab ones instead. Extensive writing exercises examine provocative issues from various perspectives and aimed at various audiences. We use a variety of information sources and focus on strategies to effectively extract significant and relevant details. Upon completing the course, students can expect to have gained an ability to see the world from a different cultural perspective, to understand the foundations of Arab culture, and to effectively express themselves in writing. (Pimentel)

Section 007 Critical Perspectives on the American Dream. The American Dream is a concept which has been used to characterize a set of aspirations, assumptions, and beliefs shared by American people. As such, it embodies our commonly-held expectations of political freedom, economic opportunity and material well-being. In this course, we will identify the underlying assumptions which shape our personal interpretations of the American Dream. Next, we will look at the historical origins of these assumptions. Third, we will evaluate the extent to which the "Dream" has been shared by all Americans. Finally, we will assess the impact of contemporary social issues on our understanding of this "Dream." (Reeves)

Section 008 Visions of a Better America. Everyone knows about the problems in our country. This course focuses on solutions. We will explore some of the most visionary new ideas for transforming America. Specifically we will concentrate on three areas: (1) How to "save the earth" the creation of an ecologically sustainable society; (2) Lessons for the future - the most innovative models for revitalizing education; and (3) Justice for all proposals for a nonviolent, multicultural, democratic future. We will also learn the best methods for solving problems in our own lives and in our communities as well as improving critical writing and thinking skills. (Sherman)

Section 009 Filming Law: Representations of Law in American Trial Films. Along with westerns and gangster movies, legal films constitute a major genre in American film. This course aims to take the legal film as a cultural object which, when closely analyzed, illuminates popular conceptions of law as well as the changing expectation of justice as witnessed through the camera. Films like In the Name of the Father, The Accused, To Kill a Mockingbird, Philadelphia, Twelve Angry Men will be viewed and discussed along side of a cultural theory both for their cinematic qualities as well as their contributions to popular constructions of legality that dominate our "legalistic culture." Through weekly writing assignments, and several essays, this course will attempt to hone the skills that help decipher the cinematic art as well as investigate a genre of films that while as old as the medium, are receiving a new status of importance since the legalization of cameras in the courtroom in 1978. (Silbey)

Section 010 Buildings, Bridges or Boundaries?: Translating Architecture. The intent of this course is for students to learn to 'read' architecture. By the end of the course, not only will students have the ability to understand conventional architectural drawings of plan, section, and elevation, but they will also understand that architecture is a reflection of culture. Students will learn to decode evidence of a society's social, political and cultural values in its architecture. The course will begin with an exploration of architecture as shelter from the natural environment. It will progress toward an understanding of architecture as its refines sensations, defines social roles and ultimately teaches. There will be an emphasis on understanding architecture with a range of micro to macro the individual building to the larger planning schemes of villages, cities, and countries. As a case study of how to 'read' architecture, there will be an exploration of the American built environment that will link racism with residential segregation in the United States. (Walsh)

Section 011 True to Yourself: The Power of Writing. This class is devoted to building your confidence about writing and about yourself: the two are inextricable. You will leave our course understanding the power of your written voice and the difference between a semi-colon and a colon, or "whose" and "who's": knowing grammar and writing clearly are also inextricable. We will approach writing as an entry into a discussion, often with the sole aim of clarifying what we think about a topic any topic of your choice. You will compose four essays of varying length, and one 10-12 page research paper at the end of the semester again, on any topic of your choice. You will also keep a writer's journal. It is important to remember that essay-writing, like most useful forms of written expression, is not an act of proving an idea but rather one of probing its integrity, questioning its truth. So, we will consider writing as a process of exploration: we will research what others have written on a topic and delve into our assumptions regarding that topic, attempting to discover what we believe and if those beliefs are valid or logically sustainable. The power of writing is its persuasive force: by articulating your ideas concretely and clearly, you persuade both yourself and others of your authority and thinking autonomy. This course, which challenges all authority (including mine) at every step, will help you write "true to yourself." (Infante)


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