Lloyd Hall Scholars Program Courses (Division 445)

Although students in the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program have first priority for enrollment in LHSP courses, we maintain waitlists for all our courses and we often admit students from outside the program. Every course listed here is taught in Alice Lloyd Hall, a convenience for students living on the Hill. Our courses are intended primarily for first and second year students. For further information about days and times of meeting, telephone our office at 4-7521 or see our home page at www.lsa.umich.edu/lhsp.

"Can I See Your I.D.?" Reinventing Identities is the title of our Winter Term Theme Semester. Many of the courses listed below will participate in this theme, an exploration of the nature and understanding of individual and social identity. All such courses are marked Theme Semester.

112. Studies in Social and Political History I. Lloyd Scholars. (3). (SS). A maximum of 20 Lloyd Scholars credits may be counted toward a degree.
Section 001 The Politics of Criminal Law.
The threat of crime remains a hot topic in America and a top priority for politicians. This course examines the politics and policies surrounding our criminal justice system. We will begin by discussing theories of why people engage in criminal activity. Then we will explore various perspectives on the goals of our penal system. With this in mind, we will enter the legislative and judicial debates over proposals to reform our current judicial and penal systems. The use of crime as a campaign issue, particularly in Presidential elections, will be explored, as will the relationship between crime and issues such as welfare and the economy. Finally, we will balance the legislative efforts to reduce crime with constitutionally mandated judicial protections. The course will draw upon a number of disciplines including law, political science, philosophy, sociology and economics. (Levien)

114. Literature and the Arts in Society. Lloyd Scholars. (3). (HU). A maximum of 20 Lloyd Scholars credits may be counted toward a degree.
Section 001 What is Poetry? A Survey from Medieval Lyric to Gangsta Rap.
What do the Medieval troubadours and A Tribe Called Quest have in common? We will survey the peaks of Western poetic traditions from Medieval lyrics and Renaissance sonnets to modern forms of Hispanic, African-American, and Native American poetry in an attempt to discover what poetry is. Although I will lecture on literary periods, we will focus primarily on the form and content of these poems and their immediate relevance to our lived experience. We will also learn the techniques that shape each genre of poetry, like meter and rhyme schemes. Our class will introduce you to some of the greatest poets of our literary heritage and to methods of interpreting their art, along with inviting you to compose and perform your own poetry. You will also write one five-page critical essay and take an open-book final exam. Required Text: Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry, ed. J.F. Nims (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1990). (Infante)

Section 002 What are People For? Technology and Human Identity in the (Un)Natural World. (Theme Semester.) In recent years we've seen our society's norms questioned. Environmentalists have asked us to re-examine our use of resources and our interactions with the land. Debate over the future of our nation's cities raises questions about the built environment, and architects are rethinking the way our urban and suburban areas are designed. The decline in family farms signals fundamental changes in our economy, and raises concerns about the disappearance of rural life. At the heart of these debates lie economic questions. But this isn't a class about economics, it's about how our relationship to the environment urban, suburban, rural, and wilderness shapes our identity; how our faith in progress, our belief in technology, and our attitudes toward work shape the world we live in, thus shaping who we are and how we interact with one another. (McKee)

Section 003 Women Finding Freedom Through Language: An Examination of Writings by Women of Color. (Theme Semester.) Have you ever dreamed of becoming a writer? Of influencing millions with the power of your words? Of defining yourself and your movement through your writing? Well, sign up. This course is designed for you. In this course, we, as a community of writers, will take the first steps toward accomplishing these tasks. We will begin by examining and interpreting "revolutionary" works by women of color. In so doing, we will discuss the manner in which various women of color have resisted oppression and have reinvented or redefined their own identities through writing. In the process we will learn, through teaching one another, how to use our writing to reinvent or define our own identities. (Onwuachi)

115. The Arts in Society II. Lloyd Scholars. (3). (Excl). A maximum of 20 Lloyd Scholars credits may be counted toward a degree.
Section 001 Architecture Design Studio.
Design studio is central to the study of architecture; it's where students come together to focus on solving problems. In this class, you will design built forms using the media of drawing and model-making. We will work on three small-scale projects, culminating in an exhibition of everyone's work at the end of the term. Each assignment will be a problem you will work to solve; emphasis will be on the relationship between designing and building, and the term will be a dialogue between these two activities. In addition, we will work collaboratively on our final project. This course will give students interested in architecture a taste of work in a design studio. The course is open to all students, but students should have some basic drawing and/or experience with building and construction. The studio will be taught in Alice Lloyd. Critics will be faculty and graduates of the architecture school, as well as graduate students. (Walsh)

165. College Writing. (4). (Introductory Composition). A maximum of 20 Lloyd Scholars credits may be counted toward a degree.
Section 001 Reproductive Controversies: Legal and Socio-Political Perspectives.
During the past two centuries individuals, social movements, and social institutions transformed human sexual reproduction into an especially politically charged and legally problematic social practice. This class will not seek to "convince" or "convert" you; rather, we will inform and educate ourselves about how reproduction emerged in the United States as an often violently contested social controversy. We will explore, for example, how social movements "used" abortion to express various cultural anxieties and to repetitively engage socio-political questions concerning women's and men's "proper place" in society. We will also analyze contemporary legal developments and public debates concerning reproductive issues. For instance, we will address so-called "maternal-fetal conflicts" which evoke questions concerning whose rights, needs, and/or interests society should privilege when "women" and "the fetus" apparently possess competing or mutually exclusive claims. Last, we will develop our rhetorical and communicative skills through essay writing, oral presentations, and collective projects. (Adwere-Boamah)

Section 002 Are Our Bodies Our Selves? Voice, Body, and the Art of Essay Writing. (Theme Semester.) We pierce them, we tattoo them, we dye and decorate and (some would say) desecrate them. So what does our body have to do with our identity? In this course you will think about your physical body, your written voice, and the relationship of both to your personal identity. We will develop writing techniques for transforming your physical identity into your textual body and voice, along with exploring work by men and women whose race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical handicap compelled them to write about, or represent on film, the relationship between their body and their personal identity. As a class, you will select essays from our three anthologies: Minding the Body, Brotherman, and The Male Body. You will also write four essays on the subjects of your choice. (Infante)

Section 003 Identity Development and Sense Making in Higher Education. (Theme Semester.) Learning happens; it happens every day, inside and outside the classroom. How it happens, the processes of intellectual and personal development, are central to this course. Some questions of interest are: (1) What is truth? How is it determined? Is something true because a professor says it is? (2) Can you hold two opposing ideas in your mind at the same time? (3) What do you learn from regularly interacting with people different from yourself? (4) What do you learn about yourself when you become violently angry, when you fall in love, or when you become enthralled with a subject? We will examine a variety of relevant psychological and social psychological theories to address these questions. We will address cognitive development, individual and group identity development, leadership styles and strategies, and sense making in groups and organizations. We will aim for a better understanding of these themes through thoughtful discussion and writing during the term. (Johnson)

Section 005 Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Exploring Identities of Self and Other. (Theme Semester.) Have you ever thought about spending your junior year abroad, exploring exotic places and meeting exciting people? What will you bring with you when you go? Don't forget your "cultural baggage," because if you do, you'll stumble all over it! This course aims to heighten your cross-cultural awareness through an investigation of your own cultural identity and of another quite different than your own. We begin by examining "culture" and the related concepts of enculturation, ethnocentrism, and stereotyping. We then focus on our own identities: What makes us who we are? And how can knowing this help us understand our experiences in other places and with other peoples? We'll test this out during the second half of the term, as we journey to the Arab world to experience a new cultural perspective, which we'll explore through readings, videos, movies, literature, and music. In learning about an other, you'll learn about your self. If you ever think of adventures abroad, you can't afford to miss this class! (Pimentel)

Section 006 Identity Politics: Isolation, Assimilation, and the Search for Meaning in Modern America. (Theme Semester.) The classic metaphor for this country is a melting pot in which differences of race, religion, class, and creed are overcome by a common belief in the ideals of liberty, equality, and democracy. But in our own day the melting-pot image has given way to a multi-cultural mosaic, a picture composed of variously colored units, each contributing to the whole without losing its identity. Growing emphasis on the need to preserve one's individual identity within American society has led to a new politics of personal recognition. How is this development affecting our notions of unity and diversity? Has e pluribus unum become merely an outdated ideal? In this course we will explore America's ongoing debate over collective vs. individual identity. How has it evolved, where is it headed? What implications does it hold for our future as a nation? (Reeves)

Section 007 Filming Law: Representations of Law in American Trial Films. Like westerns and gangster movies, legal films constitute a major genre in American film. We will take the legal film as a cultural object which, when closely analyzed, illuminates both popular conceptions of law and changing expectations of justice as witnessed through the camera. We'll view and discuss several films, noting their cinematic qualities as well as their contributions to popular constructions of legality. We'll investigate the relationship the camera maintains between audience and story as a means of constituting both the subject of law and film. We will explore our role as possible witnesses witnesses to film, witnesses of film, witnesses before the law. Through weekly writing assignments, and several essays, we will hone the skills that help decipher the cinematic art while also investigating the questions which identify a genre of film, a genre that, while as old as the medium, is receiving new importance since the legalization of cameras in the courtroom in 1978. (Silbey)


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