Pilot Program

The Pilot Program will offer six sections of English 125 (4 credits); one section of Argumentative Writing 225 (4 credits), and five Pilot seminars (3 credits) during the Winter Term, 1987. 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 Term, 1987, by members of the Pilot Program Residential staff.

Section 048: Writing about Change and Transformation. The good undergraduate education will challenge some of the assumptions that a student brings from his/her childhood and will force the student to confront those assumptions rationally. This process, however, can be alienating and painful. This composition course will present some of the social and personal changes that a freshperson is likely to undergo and will discuss the feelings of alienation and pain that these changes can cause. Students will address the changing roles of women and Black people in our society, changes in society, changes in personal relationships, and changes in an individual's own values and personality. Short stories and essays will facilitate class discussions and provide material for writing assignments, and in both discussions and writing assignments, students will be encouraged to think for themselves. Evaluation will be based on ten 2-3 page papers and on participation in class discussions. (Goldfarb)

Section 049: Writing and Media's Discourse. In our Post-Modern era, media, like Orwell's Telescreen, has become the ubiquitous device whose dominant discourse and influence cannot be completely overcome. This writing course attempts to study and analyze the media's language and examine how the systems of significance in the media work can influence us as well as our writing. The students are expected to read and analyze a series of essays and newspaper articles, paying particular attention to various components of the media's discourse such as choice of topic, vocabulary, sentence structures, etc. Grades will be based on the averaged grades of the seven written assignments and an oral presentation. (Behdad)

Section 050: Race, Sex, and Individual Liberty. Determining how to maximize social welfare without sacrificing individual freedom has generated a considerable amount of discussion among politicians, philosophers, and others concerned with public policy. The readings, class discussions, and composition assignments in this course address the difficult problems that arise when the exercise of individual rights seems to usurp the rights held collectively by the society. Specific topics to be considered include pornography, drug use, affirmative action, and free speech. The course aims to help students think critically, reason creatively, and, above all, write effectively about these and other issues. Class time will be spent discussing readings, free-writing, and evaluating student writing in a workshop atmosphere. Active classroom participation will be required and, along with the student's written work, forms the basis of the final grade. (Cahill)

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, Alan Paton, Joseph Conrad, and Henry James etc. 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: Finding Voices: Radical Responses to Human Conditions. The goal of the course is to improve students' writing by engaging in composition as an exercise in critical thinking. Writing will be approached not only as a vehicle for communicating ideas, but also as a means of developing individual and group consciousness. Class time will be spent in three ways: first, we will evaluate the rhetorical strengths, weaknesses, and effectiveness of the readings (which focus on topics of race, gender, class, and methods of social change); second, we will discuss technical points of composition; third, we will allow time for free discussion. Course requirements are approximately eight papers and revisions (50 pages of writing); an informal presentation; and class participation. (Shadroui)

Section 053: The Contemporary Afro-American Experience. This course is designed to give students practice writing and revising essays. The primary concern is learning the writing process to facilitate communicating information and expressing an opinion within a coherent framework. The secondary concern is examining issues and concerns relative to the Afro-American experience in contemporary American as well as the much larger Black experiences in the Caribbean and West Africa. Readings will be selected from the following: Baraka, Amiri, Dutchman; Cliff, Michelle, Abeng; Esslin, Martin, An Anatomy of Drama, and Soyinka, Wole, A Play of Giants. In addition, the following texts are required: Fowler, H. Ramsey, The Little, Brown Handbook and a collegiate dictionary. (Hall)

English 225, Section 024: The Persuasion Without/The Argument Within. This Argumentative Writing course is designed to have students develop their critical thinking and argumentative writing abilities while challenging the contemporary language environment of fast talk and soft sell. Throughout the term, the members of the class will challenge one another's perceptions of argument and persuasion in life and in writing. Hairston's Contemporary Composition, a course pack of timely periodical articles, videos, and the students' and instructor's experience will serve as the bases for writing assignments that test the conceptions of good argument in our culture. Each student will write six five-page essays and six short non-graded in-class exercises and should contribute informed discourse during class meetings. (Knox)

Pilot Seminars (Division 445)

Pilot 101: Political Psychology of Terrorism. "TERRORISM" has acquired an extraordinary status in public discourse. It has spawned uses of Language, Rhetoric, and Argument that are frightening in their capacity for mobilizing opinion, gaining legitimacy, and provoking various sorts of murderous action. It has also created an ideology by the "Experts On Terrorism," which serves the purpose of institutionalizing the denial and avoidance of history. The worst aspect of "TERRORISM," intellectually speaking, is that there seems to be so little resistance to the "Experts" massively inflated claims, undocumented allegations, and ridiculous tautologies, and so much acceptance of their scholarship represented by yesterday's newspaper or today's TV bulletin. The purpose of this seminar is to explore the Political, Psychological, Historical, Cultural, and other factors that provide motivation to initiate "TERRORISM." Class time will be divided between lecture and discussion. Usually each meeting will begin with a half-hour lecture covering the topic for that session and class will continue with discussion and/or presentations given by the student work group. Movies, Recorded Speeches, and Guest Speakers are an important part of this seminar. Each student will be responsible for at least one class presentation, a 10-page research paper, and final take-home exam. Groups and individuals should plan at least one consultation with the instructor concerning research projects and related matters. (Elhaj)

Pilot 103: The Image of Woman in Russian Literature and Culture. A common element in Russian 19th century novels is the "strong woman," the archetypal heroine who embodies elemental, spiritual powers that both surpass and influence those of her male counterparts. This course will trace the roots of this archetype in Russia's perception of woman, and follow its development as expressed through the literature, art, and folk culture of Russia through the beginning of the 20th century. Close attention will be paid to the transformation of woman's perceived powers (both material and spiritual), and to the respective influences of Christianization, contact with Western Europe, and the Communist Revolution. Readings will include literature from the Kievan period, the works of Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Gladkov, fairytales, and various essays. Students will be evaluated on the basis of one short research paper, one longer paper, a final exam, and participation in class discussion. (Smith)

Pilot 105: Fertility, Population, and Reproductive Politics. Throughout history, womens' roles in society have been greatly influenced by their child-bearing capacity. Fertility has been viewed as both a curse and a blessing, and the debate has raged as to whether men and women have the right and/or responsibility to limit human fertility through birth control, abortion, sterilization, and even government policy. The debate engendered by this controversy inevitably leads to the issue of power and control in relationships between the sexes How much say should the father have about the fetus in a woman's body? Are liberal maternity leave policies discriminatory against men? Can marital rape occur? These are just a few of the issues that will be examined in this seminar. Readings will include a mixture of literary, political, sociological, religious and historic texts. Classes will consist largely of discussion and debate of readings, a few short lectures, and several films. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation and journal, one 2-3 page paper, and one 10-15 page research paper. (Sullivan)

Pilot 108: Introduction to Japanese Culture. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the culture and nation of Japan. The course will look at various aspects of the Japanese society, such as education, the family, and business, and discuss these in the context of the culture. It is hoped that by the end of the course students will have a better understanding of the culture, people and position of Japan today. The course will utilize a text along with two short novels and a course pack for in-class lectures and discussions. Students will be evaluated on their in-class performance (40%), three short papers of 2-3 pages in length (20%), and a final research paper of 10-15 pages and presentation (20%). (Smith)

Pilot 110: Cross-cultural Psychology. This course is aimed at giving a theoretical background and practical experiences related to the impact of culture upon personality and cognitive development. The students will be given abundant exposure to perspectives provided by other cultures through a series of lectures, reading, and discussion. A term-project will help to enable them to develop sensitivity and communication skills in cross-cultural settings. The course will be divided in three sections: (1) sociocultural impact upon socialization process, (2) issues of minority groups in American society, and (3) impact of bilingual/bicultural experience upon self-identity. Methodological and theoretical background necessary to conduct cross-cultural research will be discussed in the first two sections. In the last section, guest speakers will present their experience (e.g., an American growing up in a rural Japanese society, interracial marriage, conflicts between English-speaking and Chinese-speaking Chinese in Hong Kong and others). Grades will be based on one term-paper, one term-project, final exam and class participation. (Ichikawa)


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