150. Freshman Seminar. Freshmen; sophomores
with permission of instructor. (4). (HU). May be repeated for
Section 001 – China and the Ideal Life from Mythical Times to Mao tse-Tung. "Utopian" has two distinct layers of meaning in the West: 'ideal', 'blissful', and 'impractical', 'harebrained' – usually the first is used when the Utopia is literary and theoretical only; the second is used when an attempt has been made to put it into practice. But East or West, our most important philosophers (Plato in the West and Mencius and Chuang-tzu in China) have devoted much time to describing their utopias and ideal existence. Great writers East and West (including pastoral and bucolic poets) hae poured their – and our – hearts out to picture ideal life for man. These writings can tell much about mankind West and East; the experiments that have been conducted and found wanting can tell even more. This course concentrates on the Chinese Utopian writings but will spend considerable time comparing them with similar Western writings in the hope that some fundamental differences (and similarities) will emerge. (Crump)
Section 002 – The Young and the Old; an Exploration through Literature. Intensive reading and discussion of a number of literary works – drama, fiction, biography – in which the theme of the relations and youth and is central. Works read and discussed will be drawn from the ancient and the modern world. Students will be asked for several sorts of papers: analysis of a problem as presented by one of the authors; evaluation of its literary treatment; autobiographical, fictional, or poetic treatment of some generational conflict drawn from their own experience; a critical review of a work other than assigned reading, as of a film, television or stage production. Oral presentation will be encouraged as a supplement to written work. READING LISTS: A. For class discussion: Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Antigone, and Electra; Shakespeare, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet; Edmund Gosse, Father and Son; Henry James, Washington Square; Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh; Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler's Planet, and Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons. B. Parallel reading, for critical review, oral and written. Aeschylus, The Oresteia; Sophocles, Electra; Euripides, Hippolytus, Electra; Shakespeare, Hamlet; Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby; Henry James, Daisy Miller, The Awkward Age, What Maisie Knew, The Turn of the Screw; Thornton Wilder, Our Town, The Matchmaker, Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie; Mary McCarthy, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood; and Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint. (Firebaugh)
151. Freshman Seminar. Freshmen; sophomores
with permission of instructor. (4). (SS). May be repeated for
Section 001 – The Soviet-American Conflict. The Soviet-American Conflict is perhaps the leading problem facing American foreign policy. Within this conflict are the rivalries of these two superpowers, aligned and/or allied with their respective blocs: Eastern Europe and the North Atlantic alliance, respectively, but also involving the liberation movements of the Third World and the conflicts within the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. The seminar will attempt to dissect to what extent these latter conflicts are part of the USSR-USA global conflict and to what extent they are the continuation and manifestation of imperialism, nationalism, colonialism and decolonization. The seminar will attempt to analyze the events and trends in the 1980s as they manifest themselves in the Soviet-American Conflict. The seminar aims to study in depth these questions, rather than to give a newscaster's superficial recitation of current events. The seminar has no final exam but the students will be graded on their participation in the seminar, on their few papers and on their written and oral research report. Each student will be expected to cover some one topic in depth, within the general framework of the seminar's subject: The Soviet-American Conflict. To help the student in deciding on a research topic and getting background material, he or she will be expected to buy and read the latest textbook on the subject: Roger E. Kanet(ed.) Soviet Foreign Policy in the 1980s, New York; Praeger Publishers, 1982. All students are expected to be current on the foreign policy questions discussed each day in the New York Times, and to read suggested articles for their research report in Foreign Affairs, Current History, Problems of Communism and International Affairs (Moscow) in English. (Ballis)
Section 002 – The Varieties of Democracy. This seminar will try to give its members an understanding of the principal meanings that attach to the word democracy today. A distinction will be made between its use as a symbol (an incantation) and its use to describe a form of government. An effort will then be made to acquaint the members with the substance of the two main sources of democratic thought and practice – the Anglo-Saxon tradition of constitutionalism and government by consent and the continental tradition which from the mid-eighteenth century to the present has viewed politics as the expression of a single popular will. Finally, the members will be acquainted with the nature of the contemporary debate as to what constitutes true democracy – the variety such as ours which accepts the group or pluralistic nature of society and the variety such as ours which accepts the participation of individuals unbiased by group allegiance. Reserve readings will be employed; no text will be necessary. The readings will attempt to acquaint the student with the several varieties of democracy extant in the world today and, also, to a lesser degree, with authoritarianism and totalitarianism alternatives. (Grace)
265. Values and Science. (4). (HU).
This course will introduce students to problems that involve science and values. During the term students will work on one topic of their own choosing, either individually or as a team. The main course requirement is a term-paper/project/oral presentation on this topic. The weekly lectures and discussion will cover issues of general interest to the entire class: the limits of science, the complexities of public policy, the subjective nature of values, the role of the media, and so on. Term projects will be undertaken with the help of the main instructor (Steneck) and another faculty member who is an expert on some aspect of the topic being investigated. Possible topics include: the arms race, chemical dumps, the energy crisis, nuclear wastes, genetic engineering, environmental causes of disease, or other problems that brings into focus science-values conflicts. (Steneck)
330. Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear War. Junior or senior standing. (2). (Excl).
History and development of nuclear weapons, potential consequences of nuclear war, the strategic arms race, deterrence theory, dangers of proliferation, prospects for arms control. Format: lectures and discussions (50%), films and videotapes (50%). Primary references include: Office of Technology Assessment, The Effects of Nuclear War, Russett and Blair, Progress in Arms Control, M. Nincic, The Arms Race, and selected journal and articles. There will be frequent guest lecturers. This course is not open to students who took either "Nuclear War" in the Residential College (I Div 355) in Fall, 1982 or University Course 312 in Winter, 1982. Course is offered on a credit/no credit basis only. There will be three short quizzes plus either final exam or term paper. (Einhorn)
460. American Industrial Organizations in Transition. Junior standing and permission of instructor. (4). (SS).
The course will examine the current predicament of the American Industrial Organization in the context of its historical evolution and of future trends. Emphasis will be placed on how organizations adapt and survive as an underlying theme in the current industrial transition. While no specific course prerequisites are necessary, some background in economics, organizational psychology, or sociology would be helpful. The course will form an integral part of the American Institutions Program and enrollment in the Internship Program will be necessary. Student evaluation will be based upon a combination of class participation, term papers and exams. A seminar format will be used to encourage student involvement, with enrollment being limited to 15. (G. Ross)
461. Industrial Relations in the United States: Past Experiences and Future Possibilities. Junior standing and permission of instructor. (4). (SS).
This course, which is offered for the first time, will focus on the industrial relations system in the United States: what it is and where it might be going. The first part of the course will be a brief summary of the current American system. This will be followed by a look at the impact of the current economic situation on the American system (i.e., concession bargaining, plant closings, etc.). Then the industrial relations systems in other countries (Western Europe, Japan, and Australia) will be examined as possible new models. Finally, the future of the American system will be discussed in the context of changing economic times and other models. This course is designed for juniors and seniors who have had some previous social science background. This course is not currently part of any departmental sequence. It will be primarily a lecture format, but hopefully there will be a great deal of interaction and discussion. The grade will be based on a paper and in-class exams. There will be no single text, but rather a series of readings from a variety of sources. (Schwartz)
462/Poli. Sci. 416. Governing the Bureaucracy in the United States. Poli. Sci. 111, junior standing, and permission of instructor. (4). (SS).
This course will focus on the relationships between elected officials and administrators in the United States, and on the efforts of elected and appointed officials to monitor and control the behavior of those in the "Permanent government" (career bureaucrats). The course will emphasize the relationship between Congress and the bureaucracy, especially congressional oversight of policy and administration. Students must get permission of instructor as well as having Junior Standing and have completed Poli. Sci. 111. Seminar. Papers required. (Aberbach)
488/Eng. Hums. 418. Alternative Futures. (3). (SS).
The main objectives of the course are (1) to acquaint the student with the contemporary social/cultural situation, specifically to analyze the causes, and consequences of technological society; (2) to make the student aware of the variety of alternative approaches to the future (often called utopias), and to prepare the student, to a degree, to envision an alternative future; (3) to encourage the student to see the world in global and comprehensive terms as opposed to narrow or partisan approaches; and (4) to bring to the student's attention ideologies, value systems, and the concepts of humanity which underlie various alternative futures. Both approaches to problems and required reading reflect the methods and materials of several disciplines. (Skolimowski)
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