Pilot Program

The Pilot Program will offer six sections of English 125 (4 credits); one section of Creative Writing 223 (3 credits); one section of Argumentative Writing 225 (4 credits); one section each of Math 115 and 116; and four Pilot seminars (3 credits) during the Winter Term, 1988. Pilot seminars provide elective, but not distribution credit in LSA. Pilot sections of English 125, 223, 225 and Math 115 and 116 provide the same credit as other sections of English 125, 223, 225 and Math 115 and 116 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 SEMINARS (Division 445)

PILOT 102. MORAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE APPLICATION OF GENETICS. The focus of this course will be discussions of genetic procedures, their limitations, and future possibilities. Topics covered will include genetic engineering, cloning, genetic screening, pre-natal diagnosis, sex selection, genetic counseling, artificial insemination, surrogate motherhood, and fetal experimentation. Looking briefly at a number of genetic procedures will enable us to analyze their commonalities, focusing on both facts and popular misconceptions, and to discuss, in depth, the moral and ethical considerations of these issues. Discussions will be based on readings conveying many different, and often conflicting viewpoints. Fifty to 100 pages of reading per week, ten short (2 to 3 page) papers, and active class participation are required. No prior biology or genetic knowledge is required. (Schieser)

PILOT 104. PLANET MANAGEMENT. The potential of our planet, its management, and its crisis will be explored in this wide-ranging interdisciplinary course. We will also discover common personal reactions to world problems and healthy ways to face them. The class format will utilize student participation, feedback, and direction. Class size is limited to 15. Learning approaches include group discussions, role plays, empowerment exercises, brief individual presentations, films, field trips, and guest lectures. We will read DESPAIR AND PERSONAL POWER IN THE NUCLEAR AGE by Macy, GAIA: AN ATLAS OF PLANET MANAGEMENT, edited by Meyers, SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL by Schumacher and STATE OF THE WORLD 1988, edited by Brown. Grades are based on 4 papers (4-6 pages), class participation, and journal writing. (Hartman)

PILOT 105. FERTILITY, POPULATION, AND REPRODUCTIVE POLITICS. Throughout history, woman's role in society has been greatly influenced by her 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. This seminar examines the politics of fertility, theories of population growth, population control, birth control, abortion, the politics of motherhood, and issues of power and control in relationships between the sexes. Readings will include a mixture of literary, political, sociological, philosophical 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 a the basis of class participation and journal, one or two short papers, and one 10-15 page research paper. (Sullivan)

PILOT 108. INTRODUCTION TO JAPAN. This course is a general survey of various aspects of Japanese society. The class will discuss readings on Japanese language, literature, politics, business, and culture. The objective of this seminar is to challenge stereotypes and dispel misconceptions of this amazing country. We will approach Japan through a wide variety of readings by both Japanese and Western scholars. Class participation and independent thinking are strongly emphasized. This seminar is appropriate for freshmen and sophomores who have an interest in Japan or Asia, and/or who are considering studying Japanese. Those students who have spent more than a year in Japan are not recommended to take this course. A course pack and several books will be required, including Nakane's JAPANESE SOCIETY, Reischauer's THE JAPANESE, and Soseki's KOKORO. Written requirements consist of one 3-5 page paper, one research paper, and a final examination. (Shanahan)

PILOT Sections OF ENGLISH 125 (Division 361)

Section 048. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN MODERN AMERICA: FOUR POST-WAR FICTION. This introductory composition course will concentrate on making the student a better writer by making him more comfortable with writing, i.e., by giving him MANY opportunities to practice and revise his writing. Writing assignments will be numerous and frequent, and will include weekly 2-4 page essays, revisions, in-class impromptu writing exercises, and an optional journal. Topics for writing practice will be taken from the works of four American novelists who share an interest in what 20th century western society defines as "happiness" or "the good life": Walker Percy, John Gardner, John Updike, and J.D. Salinger. Class time will be spent discussing ideas and writing techniques in the readings and reviewing student writing. Grades will be based 80% on formal essays, 10% on in-class exercises, and 10% on class participation. The course uses xeroxed readings rather than books. (Wood)

Section 049. WRITING ABOUT CONFLICT AND THE BETRAYAL OF SELF. This course is designed to develop the students' ability to read texts closely, to think both creatively and critically, and to translate his or her thoughts into an organized and thoughtful essay. The texts that will serve as points of departure for discussion and essays will be mainly short stories, including works by Salinger, Roth, Hemingway, and Anderson. There will also be one novel/movie Forster's A ROOM WITH A VIEW. All the texts discussed tie to the way we handle pressures from outside us how we may sublimate parts of our personality for ease found in conformity or how we may deceive ourselves into believing we want for ourselves what others want for us. Class time will be divided between discussion of the texts; exercises working specifically on punctuation; grammar and sentence formation; small group discussions critiquing papers; and some special-topic lectures on sexism in writing and descriptive writing. Nine papers 3-4 pages in length are required. There is no final exam. (Lootens)

Section 050. 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 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, Emily Brontë, and Herman Melville. 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 053. GOING IT ALONE. This writing course will encourage students to improve their writing ability while beginning to answer the questions, "What are the limits to individual ability and community responsibility?" Students will be asked 1) to study appropriate short essays to acquaint themselves with some common themes of individuality, alienation, and personal initiative and 2) to apply variations of these themes to their individual life histories as new students at the University. The everyday efforts to manage (alone and with others) intellectual material and emotional resources will serve as the basis for students expository and argumentative essays. Each student will write ten 3-4 page essays which exhibit critical thinking and analytical and argumentative skill; make one formal oral presentation; and contribute informed and thoughtful discourse to class workshops and general discussion based, in part, on about 25 pages of narrative, essay, and argument readings assigned each week. (Knox)

PILOT Sections OF ENGLISH 223 (Division 361)

ENGLISH 223, Section 015: CREATIVE WRITING. This course will concentrate on fiction writing with an emphasis on the short story. We will spend a few weeks on poetry and discuss different theories of art and the meaning of self-expression. Students will read and evaluate each other's work as well as complete in-class writing assignments. We will pay careful attention to writing CLEARLY, a skill which will serve in every other writing task the student will encounter from research papers to job applications. We will discuss how all writing is creative. Besides weekly readings and writing assignments, students will be required to turn in 25 REVISED pages of fiction or 15 pages of poems or a combination of the two. Since the class will be conducted as a workshop, class attendance and participation will count for much of the grade. (Shaeffer)

PILOT Sections OF ENGLISH 225 (Division 361)

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 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 Sections IN MATHEMATICS (Division 428)

MATH 115, Section 028: ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I. (This section is taught in Alice Lloyd Hall by a live-in Resident Fellow.) Topics covered in this course include functions and graphs, derivatives; differentiation of algebraic functions, applications. Daily assignments are given. There are generally two or three one-hour examinations plus a uniform midterm and final. (Rastalsky)

MATH 116, Section 044: ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II. (This section is taught in Alice Lloyd Hall by a live-in Resident Fellow.) Transcental functions, techniques of integration, vectors in R to the nth power and matrices, solutions of systems in linear equations by Gaussian elimination, determinants, conic sections, infinite sequences and series. The course generally requires three one-hour examinations and a uniform midterm and final exam. (Auckly)


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