Pilot Program

The Pilot Program will offer seven sections of English l25 (4 credits) and six Pilot seminars (3 credits) during Winter l985. 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 Street.

Pilot Sections of English 125. (Division 361)

The following sections of English 125 (Introductory Composition) will be taught in Alice Lloyd Hall during Winter l985, by members of the Pilot Program Residential staff.

Section 048: Politics, Power, and Ethics. This course is intended to give students practice in developing their skills for college-level writing. The reading material for the course constitutes a general historical survey which is designed to provoke students to address specific questions in their written work concerning (1) how the internal and external policies of a state may shape its character; (2) how the human psyche may be relevant to political institutions, and (3) what role ethics play in political events. The course's use of primary reading materials will allow students to gain firsthand exposure to the work of such authors as Thucydides, Plato, and Alexis de Tocqueville, leaving free rein to their own creativity and analysis. (Fisher)

Section 049: 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 050: Value Conflicts in Contemporary Society. This writing course will examine the moral, political, and legal conflicts arising from the problems facing society today. The value conflicts raised will be viewed from widely differing perspectives and from various sources. The class will try to clarify central issues while analyzing the writing art employed by the various authors. Most classes will consist of discussion of the assigned readings and the particular problems raised by them. Six to eight short papers and one longer paper will be required and together constitute 90% of the course grade; the quality of class participation will determine the remaining 10%. (Reid)

Section 051: Finding Truth Between Men and Women: Diatribe and Dialogue. In this Introductory Composition course, students can begin a study of the different (and similar) demands (and opportunities) one's sex places on his/her writing and reading. Throughout the term, the instructor will challenge student perceptions of past language experience and current reading assignments. At least two professionally written essays will be discussed each week to analyze the methods and views of well-known men and women writers. This study, together with writing practice and discussion of student essays, should help each member expand his/her repertoire of writing and critical reading skills. Grades will be based on weekly essays, several oral presentations, and regular, meaningful class participation. (Knox)

Section 052: The American Self. In studying the events and attitudes of daily American life, we can learn a great deal about who we are and why we act as we do. We shall consider and write about such aspects of culture as the family, work and leisure, sex and social life, communication, religion and values, and shall contrast those features of our culture with those of other cultures to better understand the way in which we think. Students will be asked to write nine weekly essays in different expository styles and to keep a journal; grades will be assigned on the basis of writing and class discussion. (Oggins)

Section 053: Writing About Issues of the Near East. This course is designed to help students improve their writing skills while simultaneously examining various topics pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa. Readings will be selected from the abundance of current literature written from Jewish, Arab, and African perspectives. Further thought-provoking inspiration will be provided through the viewing of several documentary films. Students will be encouraged to look beyond their preconceived notions and required reading to add thoughtful comments in class discussions. Grades will be based on eight to ten essays, each approximately three pages in length. Class participation and marked improvement will also be taken into consideration. (Norris)

Section 054: Satire. During this term, we shall interpret satire broadly and look at a variety of works, including poetic and prose satires, political cartoons, and films. In this writing class, we shall depend on our body of satiric works in two ways that should help enable students to work with various kinds of college writing. First, we'll embrace many of the extremely debatable issues that satire addresses such as class, gender, morality, art, and institutions and second, we'll attempt to understand the nature of satire itself. Students will write six to eight papers ranging in length from two to seven pages. The final long paper will be planned with the instructor. Grades will be based almost entirely on the papers (weighted according to length, generally) and to a much lesser extent on class participation and a brief quiz. (Scanlan)

Pilot Seminars. (Division 445)

Pilot 104: Psychology of Oppression. The purpose of this seminar is to explore the condition of oppressed people. It will examine first, different kinds of situations in which human dignity has been undervalued. Furthermore, members of the class will systematically analyze the major intellectual approaches that dominate this field of study. Discovering the socio-political implications of their study for social change will be an important goal of the seminar. Class time will be divided between lecture and discussion. Each student will be responsible for and graded on the basis of class presentations; a research paper, and a final examination. (Elhaj)

Pilot 105: Contemporary Dramatic Literature: The Vietnam Experience and Drama. This seminar is a study of contemporary dramatic literature with the Vietnam experience as theme. We will examine the various modes of published writings such as journalism, the veteran's autobiography, and the playwright's dramaturgy dominated by issues of war, peace, and militarization. The various genres of writing in which Vietnam-related themes are developed will serve as a basis for the three types of writing we will focus on in class. Students will be asked to write essays in the descriptive, argumentative, and research format styles. We will consider how the published writer's concerns for persuasive communication are determined by the potential audience as well as the most feasible writing mode for facilitating messages. Lectures, assigned readings, class discussions and guest speakers will comprise the range of the learning format. Students will be asked to write two short essays (three to five pages in length), one midterm essay (eight to ten pages in length), and one research essay (ten to twelve pages in length), discussing issues related to the Vietnam experience. (Hall)

Pilot 107: The English Literature of India. When the British Empire consolidated its rule throughout the Indian sub-continent, it brought diverse cultures under one government and established English as the lingua franca of South Asia. As a result, British writers have recorded their encounters with Indian culture, and Indian authors have adapted English language to convey thought showing Western cultural influence while producing distinctly Indian literature. Through the course students will be introduced to the magnificent Indian culture as well as the complexities of contemporary society in the Third World. Readings will consist of English fiction written by Indian authors. Among these are M.R. Anand's Untouchable, R. Tagore's Red Oleanders, S. Rushdie's Midnight's Children, A. Mitra's Calcutta Diary, as well as E.M. Forster's A Passage to India. (Crofoot)

Pilot 108: Human Behavior in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: A Look at China and the United States. Cross-cultural psychology is an approach to the study of social and cultural factors that influence human perception, cognition, development and behavior. Cross-cultural studies may help us to understand better why people of different cultures behave in the ways they do, how the cultural environment exercises power on individuals and how people come to hold beliefs and values which determine their attitudes and behavior. This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore culture in general, and the Chinese and American cultures in particular in relation to human thought, personality and value systems. There will be lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and movies. Course grades will be determined by class participation, two short papers (five pages) and one final paper (ten pages). (Zhou)

Pilot 109: Surveys and Political Attitudes. Surveys and polls have become part of everyday life. Newspapers and news broadcasts have incorporated them into their news reports and citizens have generally taken their validity for granted. In this course, students will learn how to analyze and critique surveys. The surveys chosen will be ones reporting on issues that are relevant to students and controversial as well. Students will collectively develop their own short questionnaire, and following the current and accepted research methods, implement their study by interviewing a random number of Alice Lloyd residents. The latter half of the course will be spent discussing political socialization: How do people develop their ideas and attitudes towards political issues? Are these attitudes stable or do they change over time? The majority of the grade will be based on a final paper the students write summarizing the results of the Alice Lloyd survey. Students interested in political science, marketing and communication are especially encouraged to enroll. Math skills beyond basic algebra are not required to understand the material presented in this course. (Tate)

Pilot 110: Expressing Yourself Through Dance. This course will explore the ways in which we can express and communicate our ideas through dance. It is hoped that students will gain an appreciation for the process of creativity and will become more aware of their own creative movement potential. Students will be expected to create movement for themselves and others in class. Each session will be equally divided between lecture/discussion and movement exploration. No prior dance experience is required. This course is open to men and women. Students will read approximately sixty pages per week. Evaluation will be based on a midterm presentation, a personal journal which relates the philosophies being studied to personal experience, quality participation, choreographic projects, and a final project emphasizing creativity in dance. It is hoped that this course will enable students to integrate self-expression in art into their thinking lives. (Clark)

Pilot Minicourse 150, Section 003, One Credit Hour only: Society and Self: The Lesbian/Gay Experience. To be elected Pass/Fail. In recent years the liberation movement of Lesbians and Gay men has politicized and radically altered the traditional concept of homosexuality, as well as the social situation, relations, and emotional well being of homosexuals themselves. In this course we will review the highlights of the Lesbian/Gay liberation movement, emphasizing those moments which were most important in creating a new consciousness. The class will meet nine times over the period of five weeks, from January 30 to March 11 (spring break intervenes). It is essential to attend the first class if you want to enroll for this course! Historical material will be presented to the class through lectures and films, followed by discussion. The minimum requirements are attendance (only one absence allowed), one short essay on "Torchsong Trilogy," and one five page paper about a book selected from the reading list. Both Gay and non-Gay students are welcome in this class, as well as students who do not wish to label their orientation. ***Note. Only the title "Society and Self" will be recorded on student transcripts. The words "Lesbian" or "Gay" will not be used. (Denny)

Section 005, One Credit Hour only: Sexism and Children's Literature. Most women and girls in children's literature have never been allowed to exist separate from men. Books, of course, mirror society, and on the whole, women were not granted many rights until recently. But books were and are examples of the role models that boys and girls are expected to take when they grow up, and women are generally short-changed in children's literature. Sexism, though not as blatant as it used to be, still persists in children's literature. This course will examine the degree and type of sexism in selected texts covering two hundred years as well as the changing philosophies behind children's literature that aided sexism. The course will proceed with a mixture of lecture and discussion. Grades will be based on a six to ten page essay, class participation, and a final exam. (Hackel)

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