Pilot Program

The Pilot Program will offer seven sections of English 125 (4 credits) and seven Pilot seminars (3 credits) during Winter, 1984. 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 South Observatory St.

Pilot Sections of English 125 (Division 361)

The following sections of English 125 (Introductory Composition) will be taught in Alice Lloyd Hall during Winter, 1984, by members of the Pilot Program Residential staff.

Section 048: The Afro-American Experience. This course is designed to help students become better writers while examining the Black experience in America. Readings for the course are drawn from a range of Black American thinkers including Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Eldridge Cleaver. Foci of the thematic content will be a review of the Afro-American experience, an examination of the cultural and political assertions of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1960's, and a study of the personal aspirations and anxieties of minorities in contemporary American life. At the same time, students will practice freewriting, organizational, and revision skills while practicing writing essays in appropriate rhetorical modes. Class format will include critical discussions of the readings and review of student writing. Final grades will be based on ten 2-4 page essays written by the students and on class participation. (Hall)

Section 049: Humor Amidst the Ruins. Most courses in ancient literature emphasize tragedy, history, and philosophy. But the ancients had a sense of humor, too. This writing course will introduce students to the funny and often unexplored comedy, satire, and poetry of ancient Greece and Rome. Since the main emphasis of this course is the development of writing skills, a broad range of reading assignments (including translations of authors such as Plato, Aristophanes, and Ovid) offer a variety of genres, styles, and topics for discussion as well as composition subjects. The final course grade will be determined by the papers written during the term and ACTIVE class participation. (Gingras)

Section 050: Media and Propaganda. The purpose of this course is to improve our writing while trying to better understand the political biases and covert values communicated in mass media. We will examine four political viewpoints conservative, libertarian, liberal, and socialist and their interpretations of American society. The class will then be asked to find newspaper articles and television programs which support or attack a particular ideology, and write short essays which evaluate the media's biases. Soviet newspapers will be brought to class to give an outsider's view of America, and American documentary films to acquaint the class with various issues (corporate power, sexism, poverty, national defense). Nine written assignments will be the basis of the final grade. (Denny)

Section 051: Rereading and Rewriting. The short stories of recognized literary masters and the academic writing expected of university students may have more in common than first meets the eye. In this class, students will both study the oftentimes hidden rhetorical strategies successfully employed by well-known authors and strengthen their own writing by self-conscious use of appropriate conventional and idiosyncratic elements in their written discourse. The class will begin with the Socratic Method by which the instructor will challenge student perceptions of reading assignments and past language experience and end with their formulating afresh some principles of good writing. Grades will be based on one essay written each week, two oral themes, and contribution to class discussion. (Knox)

Section 054: The Artist in Society. Across time and culture, the artist has been viewed by his society with a mixture of fascination, suspicion, and repulsion. This ambivalence is born of the important yet disquieting role the artist plays in his culture and also of the mystery surrounding the creative process. This writing course will examine how the artist's experience of society's demands and rewards affects his attitudes toward his fellow men, his work and himself. In appraising the readings for the course, students will be encouraged to combine intuition and analysis in class discussion and writing. Further inspiration for writing assignments will come from students' experiences creating art and visiting an art museum. Students will be evaluated on the basis of seven 2-4 page papers, a short final paper/oral presentation, and class participation. (Swaine)

Pilot Seminars. (Division 445)

Pilot 101 : Psychology of Love. Most people think of love as an experience that is highly individual (that is, determined solely by the lovers) and yet uniform in the kinds of feelings and expressions it produces. In this class, we will challenge those assumptions by examining social, historical and psychological influences on love. We will discuss the ways in which psychological needs affect love relationships as well as what constitutes a "healthy" relationship. The course material is eclectic and will draw upon readings from clinical psychology, social psychology, philosophy, sociology, and literature; the literature will serve as "case studies" of both typical and atypical forms of love, and will include such works as Death in Venice, Lolita, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Class time will be devoted primarily to discussion although some lectures will be conducted to acquaint students with the more difficult aspects of theory. Students will be evaluated on the basis of co-leading one discussion, writing a weekly journal, four 3-4 page papers, and participating in class discussion. (Greenfield)

Pilot 103: Life Through Dance: Appreciating the Meaning. Modern dance is a representation of ideas and emotions. Choreographers use this art form to express various philosophical aspects of life. In this course, students will study the ways that choreographers communicate. Furthermore, class members will translate the insights they have gained from personal experience into their own dance movements. This course will enable students to appreciate more than the physical aspects of dance. Students will be encouraged to tap their personal sense of creativity and therefore, integrate art into their thinking lives. Class sessions will be divided between lecture/discussion and dance movements. Requirements for the course include attending a professional dance performance, weekly journal writings, short movement studies, a midterm paper, and final project which emphasize the interpretation of the philosophical principles of dance. (Clark)

Pilot 104: The Political Economy of Athletic Competition. Athletic Competition is a veritable business today and an instrument of national and international political persuasion. This course explores the trends and forces in athletic competition in terms of social consequences and implications for international relations. Through a wide range of reading, the class will examine such issues as careers in and nature of the sports business, collective bargaining in team sports, intercollegiate athletics, Blacks and women in athletics, and the Olympics: The knowledge derived from this examination will serve as a basis for public policy considerations. Instruction will encompass a combination of discussion, lecture, and media presentations. Evaluation will be based on two examinations, a "group" term paper, and class member participation in individual and group presentations. (Jakpor)

Pilot 105: Minority Literature: Gay Liberation. Since 1950, gay people in the USA have become aware of themselves as a minority group with a unique perspective and a special contribution to make to society. This class will read and discuss gay literature in order to develop a social, philosophical, and political understanding of gay liberation movements in general. Class discussions of literature by such authors as Thomas Mann and Harvey Fierstein will center the verisimilitude, artistic worth, and ideology of these works of fiction. Although the readings focus mainly on the gay male experience, some readings do give a lesbian viewpoint and deal with the related issues of sexism and racism. Most classes will be devoted to discussion, student presentations, reading of and commentary on student papers. Both gay and non-gay students are welcome in this class. (Note: this course will be simply titled "Minority Literature" on all transcripts.) (Denny)

Pilot 107: Psychology of the Individual and the Family. Parent and family models represented in television are often unrealistic and suggest family problems can be solved in half an hour. The focus of this course will be the examination of the family in context, considering the effects stress and change have on individual and family functioning. The class will examine the growth process in traditional and non-traditional families, functional and dysfunctional patterns of family adoption, and the range of social issues which impact on the family. The work of psychologists, sociologists, and clinicians will be studied to show that problems such unemployment, divorce, mental illness, aging, and death cannot be solved quickly in the real world as has been suggested by soap operas and situation comedies. Most classes will be devoted to issues raised by the readings and class presentations. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, two 5-7 page papers, and a final 10-12 page paper. (Schwartz)

Pilot 109: Theoretical Concepts of Power. This seminar is designed to help students explore the subject of personal power. They will study the theoretical concepts of power by examining both the levels and kinds of power that exist in all human beings. From analysis of the ideas of writers such as Machiavelli and Rollo May, students will give consideration to what it means to be powerful, and how and why power is abused. The seminar will also encourage students to scrutinize their own beliefs and values about power to develop strategies that will enhance their own power. Class time will be divided between lecture and discussion adjusted to facilitate the students' understanding of issues. Grades will be determined on the basis of either two 10 page papers or one paper and an oral presentation. (Hobson)

Pilot 111: Other Cultures, Other Minds. What impact does our culture have on the way we think about the world and ourselves? Different cultures encourage different sorts of relationships between men and women, among family members and in society: Culture may also adopt different ways of viewing time, religion, and the individual's role in life. A look at the American Indian, Japanese, and traditional Nigerian cultures should reveal different dimensions used to view the world, so that it is easier to understand dimensions in our own culture. Readings from anthropology, literature, and linguistics should provide vivid illustration of men thinking and acting in their cultures. Most class time will be devoted to discussion, but there will be films and trips to museums too. Course grades will be determined by class participation, three 3-4 page papers, and one 5-8 page take-home final. (Oggins)


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