Pilot Program

The Pilot Program will offer six sections of English 125 (4 credits); one section of Argumentative Writing 225 (4 credits), and seven Pilot seminars (3 credits) during Winter 1986. Pilot seminars provide elective, but not distribution credit in LSA. Pilot sections of English 125 and 225 provide the same credit as other sections of English 125 and 225 respectively, 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, 1986, by members of the Pilot Program Residential staff.

Section 048: Contemporary Images of Women. What makes up our image of women? Many issues fall within the scope of this question: the ways in which women are presented in media and literature; how women perceive themselves; the differences between "masculine" and "feminine" concerns, and the significance of those differences. We will look at short stories, articles, advertisements, films, videos, song lyrics, television programs and examples of pornography to evaluate how our society thinks about women. Sexual stereotypes also involve men; this course will explore the validity of our notions about both sexes. (Willingham)

Section 049: 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)

Section 050: Balancing Power: Historical and Legal Perspectives. This is a writing course. As such students will use the readings and class discussions as a starting point for their own analysis and written work. The course is broken down into weekly topics to provide a manageable framework for each paper. The cross-disciplinary scope of the reading, which encompasses work by historians, politicians, political scientists and lawyers, provides the opportunity to judge the effectiveness of various writing styles and to consider the influence of different professional and political backgrounds on the kind of analysis employed. The students themselves are to experiment with alternative styles, including argumentation, narration, comparison and contrast, and documentary reconstruction. The emphasis is on developing a critical and analytical approach to both primary and secondary sources, as well as a flexibility in style and presentation which is adaptable to changing sources and audiences. (Bowes)

Section 051: Human Relations. In this introductory composition course, we will learn how to write well through the study of a sample of the writings of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Nadine Gordimer, Thomas Mann, Alice Walker, Peter Abrahams, and Randall Robinson. Classes will be a combination of lectures and discussion of the moral, social and political issues raised in the texts as well as points of composition and style. A variety of oral presentations and writing assignments will help develop the students' capacity for critical thinking and their ability to write clearly, eloquently and concisely. A number of films will serve as a basis for further assignments. (Mama)

Section 052: Controversial Legal Issues. This introductory composition course will examine the legal environment of social controversies that are or were on the national agenda. The dual purposes of the course are to improve writing skills, and to give students a broad understanding of the legal system. In attempting to define "legal environment," we will examine the goals, methods, and the results of how the legal system has dealt with legal issues. We will examine questions like: How did the problem develop legally? What are the alternatives? How is the issue tied to societal values? Is the issue properly a judicial question? Have the Courts decided correctly? I have selected a focus which offers many thought-provoking topics to write on. (Kaminski)

Section 053: Global Problems: An African Perspective. The purpose of this course is to give students practice in the writing and revision of essays, while gaining an awareness of and appreciation for African people, their problems and their relationship to the world. As the participants in the course broaden their world views they will seek to communicate their growth through clear concise writing. The course content, designed to inspire effective powerful writing, will center on the critical world problems of racism, imperialism and development as they pertain to Africa and the people of African descent. The sub-themes of these problems such as hunger, health, ecology, identity and independence will also be investigated and discussed. The thematic goal is to place the present problems of the African people in an understandable and meaningful context. (Pollock)

Pilot section of English 225. (Division 361)

Section 024: Argumentative Writing. This course will explore ways of making the style and logic of your writing more effective as you explain or argue. The questions of connotative language and slanting, understatement, surprise, selection of evidence, tonal and organizational variation, and logical fallacies will be considered in the context of writing to a specific audience for a specific purpose. Class will be run on a discussion workshop basis, with students meeting in small groups to share drafts of papers or to examine writing examples from periodicals and from a textbook of collected essays. (Knox)

Pilot Seminars (Division 445)

Pilot 101: Desire, Adultery and Seduction in French Fiction. In this course, we explore the notion of desire as an "energy" that constitutes certain French novelistic dynamics. It seems much of what is happening in many French novels/novellas bears some connections to the question of desire and its structural and thematic relations to the narrative actions, among which adultery and seduction are most common. The course will also attempt to augment students' literary consciousness by searching for the pleasure of reading a text and introduce them to writing essays on literary issues. Class participation and discussion are mandatory. Three 4-6 page essays and a short oral presentation are required. The reading list will vary from 100 to 150 pages per week. (Behdad)

Pilot 102: Interpreting the Social World. The purpose of this class is to gain a deeper appreciation of the way in which we construct our views of ourselves and others and to learn skills that will make us better interpreters of the social world. Readings in psychology will help us think how we gather and "edit" knowledge about ourselves and about how we explain both our behavior and that of others based on our previous knowledge. We shall use case studies from literature and anthropology to explore the bias our knowledge of ourselves may bring to our knowledge of others. We shall also examine the questions of conformity, aggression, prejudice and the role families can have in shaping behavior in order to get a better sense of the situational factors that might affect people's behavior. Role-plays, simulation games, and a simple research project will allow students the chance actively to practice and develop interpretive skills. (Oggins)

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 Drama: The Vietnam Experience. This seminar is a study of contemporary drama 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 106: What is Modern Dance ? This course will help students understand modern dance theory and practice. Since its conception, modern dance has undergone major shifts among choreographers in their personal philosophies of dance, in their approaches to creating dance, and in their styles of execution of dance. Students will study some of the different meanings, methods and motivations of various twentieth century American choreographers. Students will acquire knowledge of the constitution of dance specifically the elements of space, time, and energy. The course will focus on developing a richer framework and vocabulary with which to articulate their experience in viewing dance. They will also learn significant aspects of the creative process by exploring and structuring their own dance material. (Weitz)

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 110: Historical and Literary Responses to the Holocaust. The goals of this course are to understand the Holocaust as an historical phenomenon, and to explore various historical treatments of and literary responses to that event. The idea is to develop a holistic understanding of the holocaust by examining it from various perspectives. Classes will be mostly discussion. Requirements: thoughtful preparation for class and participation in discussion; keeping a journal; two papers; an informal presentation. Approximately 150 pages of reading each week. (Shadroui)


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