Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in RC Interdivisional (Division 867)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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Most RC courses are open to LS&A students and may be used to meet distribution requirements.

RC sections of LS&A Courses

These sections will be letter graded for all students Math 115 Section 110 Analytical Geometry & Calculus. See Math 115.


RC Interdiv. 350. Special Topics.

Section 001 Marxism. (1 credit). Meets September 13 October 13

Instructor(s): Carl Cohen

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent enrollment in an associated course. (1-2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-2).

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.

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RC Interdiv. 351. Special Topics.

Section 002 Creativity and Consciousness. Meets with Jazz and Improvizational Studies (Music School) 455

Instructor(s): Ed Sarath (sarahara@umich.edu)

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.

What might the engineer, biologist, and athlete have in common with the sculptor, the poet, and the jazz improviser? This course explores the idea that creative processes in seemingly disparate disciplines may share a common basis in the transformation in consciousness also termed "peak experience", or "transcendence" which is reported by individuals engaged in a wide range of activities. We examine a model from the Eastern Vedantic tradition which delineates the mechanics of this transformation. We also consider a variety of philosophies of consciousness, ranging from the "materialist" and "reductionist" perspectives which are in vogue in the academic world, to the "idealist" and "panexperientialist" philosophies whose roots can be traced to such thinkers such as Jung, Whitehead, Plato, and various Eastern sources.

Course activities will include readings and discussions, an assortment of creative exercises, and some exploration of contemplative methodologies for invoking heightened awareness. Open to students in all majors. To reserve a spot in the class, contact Professor Ed Sarath (sarahara@umich.edu), Chair, Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation. Indicate class, major, and briefly describe your interests as related to the subject.

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RC Interdiv. 430. Perspectives on High Technology Society.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Paul Edwards (pne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This non-technical course covers the development and use of computers from the ancient world to the present. We will discuss automatic calculation from the abacus to the integrated circuit; logic machines from Boole to neural networks; and the evolution of programming languages from assemblers to Ada. Our primary focus will be the social, political, and cultural contexts of post-1939 digital computers and computer networks. We will explore such topics as how early computers cracked the Nazi Enigma cipher during World War II; how the Cold War changed computer research (and how computers changed the Cold War); why digital computing replaced well-developed analog methods in the 1940s and 1950s; computing in Europe, the Soviet Union, and the developing world; how hackers helped shape minicomputers and the Internet; how amateur hobbyists invented the personal computer; and the story behind the World Wide Web.

The course assumes that new technologies and their social effects evolve together along a variety of dimensions. Some of these are technical: innovation, design, and opportunity. Some are social: funding sources, societal values, and organizational structures. Yet others are macro-scale economic, political, and social forces. The major questions that motivate our study of computers will concern "why" issues. Why were computers invented? Who wanted them, and for what purposes? How have computers changed the shape of society and culture and how did society and culture shape them? The course is relevant to anyone interested in the history, politics, and culture of technology.

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