In the Fall of 1995, the Pilot Program will offer ten sections of Pilot 165 (4 credits). All sections of Pilot 165 fulfill the Introductory Composition requirement (and are therefore, equivalent to English 124 and 125), and are organized around thematic content. Pilot seminars and mini-courses provide distribution or elective credit which count toward your degree in LS&A. Pilot is also offering one discussion section of Chem 130; two discussion sections of Psychology 111; two sections of Math 115; and Collegiate Seminars.
160. Pilot Theme Experience. Participant
in the Pilot Program. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no
credit. A maximum of 20 Pilot credits may be counted toward a
Section 001 – The 'U' and You. Transitions involve both connections and changes. This course will support and focus your ability to navigate your first year journey by acquainting you with the institution of the University of Michigan. From philosophical, educational, and historical frameworks, this introductory mini-course will provide a solid base for your transition from high school to college. All Pilot students are expected to enroll in this course. Attendance and one paper are required. Guest lectures, small discussions and activities are planned. Class will meet during Welcome Week and into the first two weeks of the term. Course dates and times to be arranged.
165. Pilot Composition. (4). (Introductory
Composition). A maximum of 20 Pilot credits may be counted toward
Section 001 – Law and Social Organization "The life of the Law is not logic but experience." With this declaration, O.W. Holmes brilliantly foreshadowed the organizing thesis of the still emerging discipline of law and social science. This discipline fundamentally grapples with, and attempts to explicate the dynamic interchange between law and social organization. This class will particularly explore how law determines responsibility for socially consequential behavior, adjudicates disputes, and allocates scarce resources. This class will feature intensive lectures drawn from both academic literature and from material newly available via the Internet. I will additionally address various aspects of law and social organization by presenting weekly films and reading. Lastly, this course will feature in-class and homework assignments which emphasize argumentative writing and critical thinking. (Adwere-Boamah)
Section 002 – The History of Race in American Politics, 1776-1995 The history of race in American politics is in many ways the history of American politics. From the infancy of the republic to the present day, race has been a central issue for the American polity. From the framing of the constitution to the Freesoil and Abolitionist movements in the 1830s to 1850s to the Civil War; from Jim Crow to the Civil Rights movement to affirmative action, race has never ceased to play a central role in the American political debate. This course will provide an overview of the role of race, racism and racial issues in American politics, from the beginning of the republic to the present. The focus of the course will be to get students to discuss and write about these controversial issues comfortably, and to learn how to take a position and back it up logically. In particular, students will work on developing argumentative writing skills. We will use both history and political science texts as well as recent articles from newspapers and magazines. We will also make extensive use of films and documentaries on the subject. (Bloom)
Section 003 – Thinking and Writing for Social Change: The Impact of Poverty on Children & Adults in the United States How can social change be accomplished? What can students do to influence and ultimately change their community? How can writing be used to help this change come about? This is an argumentative writing course on poverty. The course will use service learning pedagogy as well as writing pedagogy to accomplish its purposes - namely, to get students to think about issues surrounding poverty, begin to understand their own minds about poverty, argue a poverty issue for the benefit of their fellow classmates and a community-based organization, and discover in what ways writing can influence social change. During the term, students will learn about poverty through class readings, guest talks by community and university members, and by volunteering in a community-based organization of their choosing. (Bulger)
Section 004 – Violence in America: The Powerful and the Powerless Over the past year, American media waves have been filled with OJ Simpson pictures, stories and jokes. Yet, the serious issues which underlie this incident need careful examination. This course will make a thorough inquiry into the system of violence in America. From a legal perspective, issues of violence in American society, including spousal and sexual assault, gay-bashing, racially motivated violence, child abuse, and Black-on-Black violence. Potential solutions will also be reviewed including work with Safehouse (a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children) and the Family Law Project at the U of M Law School. Throughout this course, students will improve their analytical and writing skills through short papers and in-class assignments and workshops. (Onwuachi)
Section 005 – Freedom and Learning in Higher Education. The landscape of colleges and universities has shifted significantly in the past several decades. For example, there have been substantial changes in the makeup of the student body, student learning theory, and teaching methodology. While helping you master the basics of English composition, this course will highlight ways in which you can make the most out of your college experience. Learn about yourself as well as your fellow students in this modern multicultural environment known as the University of Michigan as your critical writing skills are improved. (Knutel)
Section 006 – The Man in the Crowd: Reading and Writing the Urban Body In a combination of both lecture and discussion format, this course will explore the concept of urban space and its implications in the construction of a new `urban body'. Through both literal and metaphorical 'bodies,' we will look at several `new' cities – Paris, London, and New York – which were drastically remodeled in the nineteenth century, and examine the new kinds of urban dwellers who inhabited these spaces. We will also discuss the representation of such diverse issues as (race, gender and class) identity, community, xenophobia, and urban access. Through a diverse group of readings and revised student papers, the class will teach critical thinking and writing skills. While focusing on the 19th century, the course will encourage us to consider our contemporary relationship to urban, and suburban, space and to read, write, and live it creatively. (Campbell)
Section 007 – Politics and Autobiography: Personal Narratives and Central Themes in American Political Thought Autobiographies can help us understand broad political movements through the eyes of participants. This course teaches argumentative writing by examining central themes in American political thought and American history as they appear in personal narratives of noteworthy Americans, in order to explore a number of questions. For example, how do Americans define what is personal and what is political? What is the nature of the relationship between personal experience and politics? How do circumstances shape one's attitudes toward political questions? What can we learn about the American political tradition by reading the personal narratives of members of traditionally excluded groups? How are personal experiences, as described in autobiographies, used by individuals to transmit their views about politics and philosophy? (McKee)
Section 008 – Women and The Politics of Free Speech This course examines the basic philosophy of freedom of speech and investigates the way that this philosophy intersects with women's issues. It does so by first inquiring into the philosophical background of the First Amendment and then by exploring specific issues of concern to women, including hate speech, abortion counseling and protest, sexual harassment, and pornography. Since we will be focusing on legal understandings of freedom of speech, we will be reading many cases and other legal materials. We will address parenthetically questions about the power of the federal courts to extend Constitutional protections for rights and about how the Constitution works as a guarantor of rights. Women and the Politics of Free Speech will focus on developing argumentative writing skills, so writing will be an integral component of the course. (Novkov)
Section 009 – Classics Reconsidered: Change and The Literary Masterpieces. This course examines the classical works which make up what is known as the literary canon. In this course, we will explore some works that are considered classics, and question whether these works still have meaning in today's society. We will then look at some "derivative" works, works which "put a new spin" on the classics by presenting narratives which either bring out other voices (of class, race, gender) not present in the classics, or which adapt the classics to the examination of our modern condition. Among the questions we will be asking are: What is it about a work that has made it a classic? Can a work be offensive to modern readers, but still remain a classic? How does a derivative work comment on and refer to the classic it is derived? Is a derivative work likely to become a classic in its own right, or is it geared only to today's readers and today's issues? After reaching these conclusions, students will write a series of argumentative papers, using concepts learned from in-class discussions and exercises. (Schoenmeyer)
Section 010 – Space, Place and Architecture: Cultural Perceptions of the Built Environment This course explores the relationship between people and architecture. How does culture affect built form and how does architecture define individual identity? What happens to architecture in a world of expanding technology and decreasing global community? Why do people like historic buildings? In addition to developing critical reading and argumentative writing skills, this class will study architecture first hand by touring the campus and the city of Detroit. A highlight of the course will be to explore campus in wheelchairs to better understand the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Walsh)
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