Pilot Program

The Pilot Program will offer seven sections of English 125 (4 credits) and seven Pilot seminars (3 credits) during Winter, 1983. Pilot seminars provide elective, but not distribution credit in LSA. Pilot sections of English 125 provide the same credit as other sections of English 125, but are organized around thematic content. All Pilot Program courses are taught in Alice Lloyd Hall by Resident Fellows who live as well as work in the dormitory. Pilot students have enrollment priority for Pilot classes; space permitting, however, any undergraduate may enroll in a Pilot course. For further information, call 764-7521. For more complete course listings, go to Alice Lloyd Hall, 100 S. Observatory St.

Pilot Sections of English 125 (Division 361)

Section 049: Writing and Tom Jones. Tom Jones is admittedly an unconventional text for an introductory writing course: it is a thick, long book that tells a story of a good-hearted - if adventurous young man whose final rewards offset his initial persecutions. But it is more than a story book. In fact, Tom Jones speaks directly to the concerns entertained in Introductory Composition: What is MEDIUM? Why does Fielding struggle to label Tom Jones a history rather than one of those "foolish Novels and monstrous Romances"? What is AUDIENCE? Why does Fielding's narrator address his readers so often? How does he perceive them, and what information does he expect them to bring to his narrative? What gives a composition AUTHORITY? How does the narrator command our attention? How can we write college compositions with authority without sounding pretentious? This class will use peer editing groups, write approximately ten polished essays, and frolic with Sheridan Baker's Practical Stylist, as well as Tom Jones. (Easton)

Section 050: Protest and Commitment, A Consideration of Writings on Latin America. The history and literature of Latin America are dominated by themes of war, economic exploitation, and political tyranny. Latin Americans and foreigners alike have continued to stress the effects of these factors on the local populations and landscape. These political and social events are expressed variously according to the different genres of writing: the history article, the newspaper article, the film, the short story, the poem. We will explore these themes and genres through the writings of Eduardo Galeano (Open Veins of Latin America), Carolyn Forche (articles and poems), Carlos Arturo Truque, Michael Wood, and Pablo Neruda. Student papers will range among the expository, descriptive, argumentative, and critical modes of composition, culminating in a final research project. (Lyonga-Egbe)

Section 051, CULS: Diversity and Discourse. Writing is a final product that has been influenced in various ways by a writer's cultural background, personal experience, formal study and intuition. In this class, students will be asked to examine the processes that contribute to their writing, and to strengthen their writing abilities by recognizing and applying appropriate conventional and idiosyncratic elements in written discourse. The diversity in this course will come from two texts: a collection of essays and a book of short stories. The instructor intends to serve as a guide and mediator and will let students' needs and interests direct the focus of class discussion and paper topics. The discourse in this course, in addition to class discussion, will take the form of one 400-600 word paper each week, and two original oral themes presented to the class. (Knox)

Section 052: Writing on Popular Music. What is the structure of American Popular Music? What makes one style of music more popular than another? What do certain popular songs tell us about ourselves and our culture? These issues and others will be the basis for this English Composition course. Although much music will be examined, the emphasis of this course will be placed on the production of thoughtful, concise, and maturely written essays. Practice in the skills needed for most college writing assignments will enable the student to write successfully about music as well as more general topics related to popular culture. Students will critically examine and submit writing assignments on the production of popular music, the system of distribution, and the effect of the music on both the individual and the greater audience. In turn, they will be asked to examine their own writing in terms of production, distribution, and audience. (Shea)

Section 053: American Family and Society in the Eighties. This course will concentrate on contemporary problems of the American family. We will examine the role of the family in the development of gender identity. We will also discuss the current family's economic survival strategies and symptoms of tension, such as drug abuse, divorce, and problems in sexuality. Readings (40-60 pp. per week) will be from a course pack and the Little, Brown Handbook. Students will write ten papers, including two re-writes. (Soergel)

Section 054: Writing About the Vietnam Experience. This course will examine the American consciousness in response to the Vietnam experience from a variety of perspectives. In writing short compositions on issues raised in class, students will critically examine the literature representative of Vietnam as written by news journalists, veterans (autobiography), and playwrights. Students will consider how the published writer's concerns for successful communication are determined by the potential audience, message conveyance, audience appeal, audience response, and the tone he perceives to be appropriate to his work. Keeping these concerns in mind, students will write 8-10 papers using their freewriting entries to organize ideas into a final product. (Hall)

Pilot Seminars (Division 445)

Pilot 101: The Psychology of Love and Attachment. Carson McCullers once wrote that "the value and quality of any love is determined solely by the lover himself." That is, love takes its character from the personality and psychological needs of the lover. In this course, we will take a look at the ways in which the psychological state and history of a person can determine the sort of love object s/he chooses and how that love is expressed. We will be reading theory by Freud, Erikson, May, Kilpatrick, and Maslow, evaluating the merits and problems of each. These theories will then be used to illuminate a number of novels about love in its usual and unusual forms. Students will keep a directed journal and write two papers. (Greenfield)

Pilot 103: Introduction to Modern Dance: Technique, History, and Philosophy. Energy, space, and time are the modern dancer's artistic mediums to express ideas that cannot be communicated through more traditional dance forms. In this course, we will study modern dance technique each class in order to present these ideas with clarity, strength, and dynamics of movement. Discussions, films, and attendance at dance concerts develop a critical eye for the dance. Weekly readings and assignments plus a final paper are required. Grades are based on quality and completion of

Pilot 105: American Minority Literature: Gay Themes in Literature. In this class we will read and discuss works of fiction about gay people in order to develop a social, philosophical, and political understanding of gay liberation and liberation movements in general. The reading list consists mostly of novels, with a couple of plays, short stories, and although some works do give a lesbian viewpoint and deal with the related issues of sexism and racism. We welcome the participation of students who do not care to identify themselves as either gay or straight. The final grade for the course will be based on two long papers, three directed journal assignments, and a class presentation. The class format will be discussion rather than lecture. (Denny)

Pilot 107: Women in Antiquity. The lives and roles of women in the classical world (ancient Greece and Rome) will be the focus of this seminar. Besides examining women's status, legal privileges and disabilities, their economic resources and their roles (both traditional and non-traditional), the class will address such topics as the role which demographics had upon women's roles and status, whether laws were viewed as repressive or simply protective, variations in women's roles and status according to socio-economic class, and the effects of women's status upon their choice of religious and philosophical beliefs. Insofar as the literature permits, readings will be from ancient texts in translation; modern journal articles and selections from modern books will be used to supplement these primary sources. Students will be required to write three short papers and deliver a lecture on a topic of special interest to them; participation will be an important (and substantial) part of the final grade. (Gingras)

Pilot 109: Theoretical Concepts of Power. This seminar is designed to assist students in exploring the subject of personal power. Students will study the theoretical concepts of personal power by examining both the levels of power the power to be, self-affirmation, self-assertion, aggression, and violence; and the kinds of power: exploitative, manipulative, competitive, nutritive, and integrative that exist within all human beings. Four books will be read to develop a theoretical base for the course: Clark, Pathos of Power; Frankl, The Will to Meaning; May, Power and Innocence; and Rogers, On Personal Power. Additional readings will serve as examples for theory outlined in these texts. Requirements: two 10-page papers, or one paper and one oral report. (Hobson)

Pilot 111: Socio-Cultural Influences on the Design and Use of Space. This is a seminar course directed towards studying the manner by which traditions and beliefs of different cultures affect the design, adornment, and use of space. Perception and use of personal space as an elaboration of culture and the extent by which modernization reinforces or levels cultural diversity will be explored. Case studies from representative cultures of the different continents will be discussed. The importance of this course for students derives from their membership in a society whose roots are based in a collage of ethnic origins, and from the roles they play today in an inter-cultural community. (DeLeon)

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