Pilot Program

Pilot Sections of English 125

The following sections of English 125 (Freshman Composition) will be taught in Alice Lloyd Hall during Winter Term, 1982, by members of the Pilot Program Residential staff. Override forms are not required for registration.

Section 048. Adventure writing will attempt to integrate writing skills while providing practice in one genre. The specific goals are for the student to gain an appreciation of the adventure story, analyse and apply rhetorical modes and devices, consider various strategies in writing, write adventure stories, and practice conventional (and as necessary, unconventional grammar and mechanics. These goals will be met by reading "model" stories, discussing relevant issues, and writing about personal adventures. Eighty percent of the course grade will be based on weekly out-of-class papers, twenty percent on two in-class original oral interpretations, and ten percent on class participation. (Knox)

Section 049. Our emphasis in this class will be on writing and composition. No experience with Shakespeare is necessary, but students should not expect a "Greatest Hits" class. Richard II, The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus, and All's Well that Ends Well will be examined in light of the issues they raise: abuse of political power, greed, prejudice, sexual exploitation. Students will write eight compositions: four will deal directly with the plays and four will be on related topics We will work in peer editing groups and concentrate on refining and improving good writing. (Easton)

Section 050: Popular Culture as Composition. The course will emphasize defining, understanding and working with the concept of popular culture. Students will work with various definitions and their application to current primary artifacts, institutions, events and people. Grades will be determined by midterm and final exams, six (2-5 page) essays and a term paper. The basic compositional style. The course will have lecture-discussion format. (Shea)

Section 051: Editing Workshop. Through reading, discussion, and practice, we will explore and extend our capacities for appropriate, effective use of the written word. We will consider diverse forms of verbal expression: description, exposition, argument, advertisement, political propaganda, poetry, short fiction. Our focus will be primarily on rhetoric: as it acts upon us, and as we use it ourselves, both within and beyond the university. Students will be evaluated chiefly on the merits of eight polished essays and a free writing journal; in a less mathematical way, class participation and improvement will be taken into account. Emphasis will be placed on the development of each student's ability to become the best possible editor of his or her own writing; a good portion of our assigned reading will be comprised of student essays, to be duplicated, distributed, and discussed in frequent editing Workshops practical sessions devoted to study and practice in techniques of invention, revision, and textual polishing. Texts: Sheridan Baker, The Practical Stylist; Donald Hall and D. L. Emblen, A Writer's Reader; a course pack; Gwendolyn Brooks, Riot. Must be elected through CULS. (Piret)

Section 052: The Propaganda War. For some sixty years the United States and the Soviet Union have been fighting a war - the propaganda war. In this course we will study a wide range Soviet and American materials about the two countries, though the emphasis will be on the Soviet view of America. We will read translations of Soviet high-school history texts, articles from Soviet newspapers and reference works. Approximately eight American documentary films will be shown. Students will be asked to argue in writing for or against the viewpoint presented in class. (Denny)

Section 053: American Youth in the Eighties. This course will examine some of the sources of current political, economic, and social discontent through films, the media, readings and discussion. Through our discussion and writing in particular we will focus on establishing the validity of current fears and types of response to these. Among the responses we will study are religious cults, drug and alcohol abuse, communal lifestyles, "New Right" politics, and the frantic search for economic security. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their writing and their in-class participation. Course readings will range in length from 40-60 pages per week. Hendin's The Age of Sensation, Erickson's Dimensions of a new identity, Hodgson's America in Our Time, and Didion's Play it As it Lays will be required texts. (Soergel)

Section 054: Childhood in Literature: A Psychological View. This course will examine, through writing, some novels about childhood from the point of view of Erikson's theory of personality development. We will look at ways in which culture, biology and family dynamics affect the development of the child. Students will write 8-10 short papers, and classes will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion. Texts will include Potok's My name is Asher Lev, Kosinski's The Painted Bird, Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea and Erikson's Childhood and Society. There will also be a course pack of some short stories. (Greenfield)

Pilot Seminars

The following three credit seminars will be offered in Alice Lloyd Hall during Winter 1982.

Pilot 103: The United States Today: Economics and You. This course will introduce the student to fundamental economic theory and attempt to use these concepts to better understand socioeconomic problems in the United States today. We will begin with an introduction to basic economic theory and discuss the difficulties involved in applying this theory to real-life situations. The class will then continue with an overview of economic history and the transformation which occurred as the country moved from a strictly laissez-faire economy to the mixed economy that characterizes the U.S. today. The second half of the course will focus on current socioeconomic issues in the U.S. Using the theories and history presented in class, students will critically analyse such issues as stagflation, Reaganomics, unemployment, and social welfare. The students will be responsible for daily reading of current periodicals and newspapers so that they can adequately cover the scope of events in the U.S. economy occurring during the course of the term. (Maier)

Pilot 105: The Hollywood Musical as Art. Perhaps the most glamorous of all movie genres, the Hollywood musical is also one of America's most original art forms. A complex combination of singing, dancing, and cinematic elements, the musical motion picture has always been extremely popular with American audiences, and financially successful. In this course, we will explore the aesthetic value of Hollywood musicals, why they are so popular with audiences, and what they indicate about American beliefs, attitudes, and values. There will be course time devoted to film history, technique, criticism, and screenwriting. In addition, a section on Broadway musicals will be incorporated because of their influence on the Hollywood musical motion picture. Students will be required to view at least one film a week and see at least two plays during the term. A major paper, creative project, and week to week reviews will be included in the overall grade. One evening a week should be reserved for film viewing. (DeGraff)

Pilot 107: Roles and the Socialization of Men. The objective of this course is a better understanding and critical analysis of the role that men are expected to play and the process which rewards them for filling those roles. Topics will include expected behavior towards other men, expected behavior towards women and sexuality. Readings and personal experiences will form the basis for discussion. The only prerequisite is an interest in the subject matter and a willingness to participate in discussion. Requirements: class participation, weekly journals and three 5-page papers. There will be no exams. For further information, contact Dick Brazee, 764-6958. (Brazee)

Pilot 109: Issues in Sexuality: An Overview. This course will cover a broad range of issues dealing with human sexuality, including: pregnancy, birth, contraception, sex roles, abortion, homosexuality, rape, and population control. We will look at the biological, psychological, sociological, cultural and historical aspects of each issue, and will also discuss the students' own values and beliefs.

Class time will be divided between lectures, guest speakers, films and discussions. Weekly reading assignments from relevant journals and books will be required. A weekly journal will be kept on readings and class activities. Each member of the class will take part in a group presentation on a topic of their choice. A midterm will be given and two 5-6 page papers will be assigned. One of the papers will research an area of reproductive biology. The other paper will take an anthropological look at the customs and practices of a different culture, examining the reasons why they exist.

Grades will be based on class participation, journal entries, the group presentation, the midterm and two papers. (Pressman)

Pilot/School of Music

During Winter 1982, the following School of Music course is offered in conjunction with the Pilot Program.

Dance 172: Introduction to the History, Theory, and Technique of Modern Dance. In this course we will study the history and theories of modern dance as we study modern dance technique. Class time will include technique sessions, films, discussions, and attendance at dance concerts. The study of dance pioneers will include Graham, Limon, Horton and Cunningham.

In addition to class participation and readings, students will be required to keep guided journals in which they can reflect upon course material. Students will be introduced to the craft of choreography and discover how to assemble movements so they have meaning, style and form. A 10-15 page paper on a major modern dance pioneer will be due at the end of the term. Grades will be based on class participation and written work. (Donaldson)


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