Pilot is also offering two sections of Psychology 111; one section of Math 115 and Math 116; and a Collegiate Seminar. See those departments for course descriptions.
114. Literature and the Arts in Society. Pilot Program students.
Section 001 – Understanding the City and Its Architecture. The American City is viewed as an expanding array of problems. But cities are also centers of culture, ethnic pride, and commerce. Are we losing our ability to make distinctions between symptoms (such as homelessness, affordable housing and gangs) that plague the city and the deeper causes underlying such symptoms? This class will attempt to develop a conceptual framework to explain the social, physical and cultural relationships between humans and their institutions and buildings. We will examine the city on three levels, the economic city, the physical city, and the 21st century city. Students will be challenged to develop solutions of their own concerning issues of poverty, "houselessness," gentrification, and the future of the city. An examination of Detroit will be a focal point for this course. Students should expect a variety of thought provoking readings, slides, and video presentations as well as paper assignments and a final project. (Harris)
165. Pilot Composition. (4). (Introductory Composition).
Section 001 – From Colonization to Immigration: A Look at the Relations Between France and Its Old Colonies. Using films, essays and novels, we will explore the history of a colonial empire through the lives and feelings of its people. From Africa to Indochina, we will follow the struggles of native people, colonists, administrators and soldiers, all motivated by contradictory goals and purposes, at the same time actors and spectators of a drama in which they were forced to take sides. We will study the implications of colonization for people living in newly independent countries or in contemporary France, as well as for recent historical events involving the United States (such as the Vietnam War). Although some historical background will be provided in this course, the main focus will be on people's beliefs, attitudes, motivations and choices when confronted with historical events. The discussion of these attitudes will provide a good starting point for students to develop critical thinking and practice their writing skills. This course will be of particular interest to students planning to specialize in International Politics or in Foreign Languages and Civilizations. (Chambon)
Section 002 – Women's Issues: Images of Women in Literature and the Popular Media. What are the most common images of women in our society? Bimbo? Sex Object? Femme Fatale? Why do commercials for laundry detergent always show women doing the wash? Why are women sometimes referred to as animals (fox, chick, shrew, barracuda)? Are women from the Middle East all seductresses? This writing course will examine these and other images of women, looking at traditional and feminist literature and the popular media, including a consideration of Third World women and women of color. Students will examine these images, looking at what effect they have on women and men in our society, and will examine the source of these images. The course will focus on teaching students to construct and support cogent arguments in their writing, within the context of gender, race and class issues. The format is a discussion class. Papers will be required as well as a variety of smaller writing assignments. (Knapp)
Section 003 – Race, Class, and Culture In the American West. Why is the American West so closely identified with the American character? How does this "West of the Imagination" stand up when compared to the "real" west? This course explores the history and peoples of the American West, focusing on various Native American Nations, Latinos, and Asian-Americans, as well as Anglos. Through lectures, films, and readings, we will examine our own notions of "The West," and look at alternative ways of viewing the region and its inhabitants. (Coomes)
Section 004 – Europe and the New World Order. The emergence of Western Europe as a unified power will profoundly affect the world order in the 21st century. Europe has successfully achieved its economic integration and is now striving to achieve political unity. This process is a difficult one, and the media focus on European internal dissension misrepresents the enormous achievements of countries that were still at war against each other less than 50 years ago. Americans therefore need to better comprehend the implications of European integration, and its impact on their nation. The class will be composed of formal lectures, discussion sessions, and student presentations. A simulation game will take place in the second half of the term, in which students will have to defend a country's position on a specific EC proposal. Students will be required to write three papers and critical analyses of selected readings. (Arandel)
Section 005 – Only the Clothes on My Back: The Refugee Experience. This course is designed to help students improve their writing as we explore the experiences of three types of refugees (Central American, South African, and Palestinian). In looking at the different refugee experiences, we will examine questions of what it means to be a refugee, why people leave their homes, the experience of refugee women, and refugee resettlement in the United States. In discussing refugee issues, we will address issues of culture, identity, and community, as we see how refugees face issues of preserving their cultures and identities as they flee their homes and settle and adjust to new surroundings. (Newman)
Section 006 – Law and the Humanities. What do Georgia O'Keefe paintings, rap music "samples," pornography, Ivan Boesky, and spotted owls all have in common? They are areas, among many others, in which the discourse is sometimes dominated by lawyers. Accordingly, non-lawyers will often see and debate these issues only as framed by legal constructs. The purposes of this course are: (1) to examine the legal jargon glued to each of these issues; (2) to critically examine how and why they got there; and (3) to most importantly, attempt to expand our analyses of these and other issues beyond their legal traps. To guide our progress, we will call upon other disciplines – including political philosophy, literary criticism, anthropology and ethnography, history, and even economics. (Meng)
Section 007 – Mystics, Muslims and the Question of Being. By adopting as its central motif the question of what it means to be human, this seminar shall cover a variety of themes relating to the social, psychological, and political condition of human beings. We begin with a journey into the art of wondering, or philosophy, and proceed to take up several literary works which deal with philosophical and existential themes. Pressing on the methodological concern of how to best study and understand humans, thereby touching on the natural and human sciences debate, we shall examine some of the barriers that modernity and technological society erect in our quest for an authentic self-understanding. We shall turn finally to the major core of our investigations, namely the paradigms of self-hood that emerge from a study of ancient wisdom traditions, using Sufism and contemporary Transpersonal Psychology as our focal point. In essence, this course is designed to demonstrate the relevance of interdisciplinary thinking, not only for an enhanced and holistic understanding of the world situation, but also for an authentic and radical understanding of our own selves as human agents. (Jan)
Section 008 – The Changing Global Economy. This course will examine the role of the United States in the dynamic global economy. It is designed to help students improve their writing skills while investigating current global trends. We will analyze why certain nations and firms have excelled while others have lagged in their current economic development, looking at how some have been able to prosper. We will look at free trade and protectionism, the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs along with the North American Free Trade Agreement. We will spend a considerable amount of time on NAFTA and its far reaching implications both economically and environmentally. The student will participate in a project consisting of a group oral presentation, view films, and attend at least one guest lecture from a professor at the Michigan Business School. (Senteio)
189/Sociology 204. Intergroup Relations and Conflict. (4). (SS).
Section 001 – Introduction to Intergroup Relations and Conflict. This introductory course will explore frameworks for understanding intergroup relations and conflict management across racial and ethnic groups, although it will also consider other group categories. As they explore case studies and theory, students will also examine their own communication styles in conflict, and their own experience as group members in conflict and in managing conflict with other groups. Students will reflect on the meaning of social justice and the different definitions of multiculturalism. The course format will include lecture and small group discussion sessions, including a considerable degree of interaction and participation. Participation in a "dialogue" group is required of all students. Students will also be required to complete an "intergroup" autobiography, a second shorter paper, and two exams. (Schoem)
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