Course Descriptions: Spring 2004
Introduction to Speech Communication T. Spry
Honors 170 focuses on theory and practice related to communication studies in general, and to interpersonal, small group, and public communication in particular. You will read about and discuss important ideas about how communication influences individuals and society, and you will apply those ideas in order to enhance your ability to work well with others and to improve your capacities to think critically, organize clearly, and speak effectively.
Greek and Roman Literature J. Hibbard
Research Paper: Greek and Roman Literature J. Hibbard
Greek/Roman mythology has fascinated us for centuries, and we can read that mythology in some of the very best literature humans have ever produced. In this course we will start with a broad overview of classical mythology in Ovid's *Metamorphoses*, look at some stories in depth as Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides present them in their plays, and finally read the earliest and in many ways greatest sources we have, Homer's *Iliad* and *Odyssey*. You will read rich and complex texts, write daily reader's journals and more careful graded papers, take two objective tests over names, and in class discuss some of the most fascinating literature that we have.
Gender and Sexuality in Literature J. Foster
Research Paper Gender and Sexuality in Literature J. Foster
Improve your academic writing while reading fiction, poetry, and drama with a focus on gender and sexuality. We'll write interpretive and analytic essays on how the literature represents such issues as gender rules and roles, gender identity, socialization, sexual identity/orientation, homophobia, heterosexuality, resistance to gender/sexuality hierarchies, nature vs. nurture, and intersections with race, ethnicity and class. We'll review principles of written composition, use a process approach to writing (rough drafts and revision), use peer review and group work, and learn methods of literary analysis as well as improve our understanding of gender and sexuality.
Medieval European Literature R. Dillman
Research Paper: Medieval European Literature R. Dillman
This course will involve reading, analyzing, and discussing Medieval European literature. Class activities include presentations, discussion, critical reading and writing, and viewing films about the historical and cultural contexts of the literature. If 198 is included, then students can write a research paper on some important aspects of Medieval European studies.
Literary Classics by Women C. Abartis
Research Paper: Literary Classics by Women C. Abartis
We will read fiction by women. These masterpieces depict women as strong and weak, artistic and philistine, educated and ignorant, ambitious and deluded, intelligent and small-minded, remarkable and ordinary-the whole range of possibilities and flaws (and the men are interesting as well). The authors are British, American, and Danish. We will read the following works: Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1811), Carson McCullers' The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories (1951), Karen Blixen's Anecdotes of Destiny (1958), Muriel Spark's Memento Mori (1958), Grace Paley's Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and possibly Margaret Atwood's Surfacing (1972), Lorri Moore's Self-Help: Stories (1985), Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (1989).
Latin American Philosophy S. Nuccetelli
This course will offer an overview of the historical contexts in which the major problems of Latin American philosophy have originated, with thematic discussion where some proposed solutions to those problems are evaluated according to their philosophical merits. Although it may appear that the philosophical questions raised by Latin American thinkers are among the perennial problems that have concerned philosophers throughout the Western tradition since antiquity, in fact they are not the same. Rather, the questions have been adapted by Latin American thinkers to capture problems presented by new circumstances, and these philosophers have sought resolutions in ways that are indeed novel. While exploring those thinkers' clear and provocative ideas, we shall ourselves reflect upon issues specific to the diverse experience of Hispanic America.
Philosophy and Feminism L. Bergin
We will explore the theoretical links between philosophy and feminist theory/action, using three topics: oppression and resistance; women, nature, and the body; and the "naturalness" of gender, sex, race, and sexuality categories. We will draw from feminist philosophers, activities, novelists and films. Students will discuss materials, write reflective, informal papers and do a final project.
Minnesota Settlements R. Rothaus
The research seminar focuses on thematic issues related to long-term human-environmental interaction in the state of Minnesota during all periods of human occupation. The course is interdisciplinary in nature incorporating aspects of history, archaeology, geography and environmental science. Students must conduct their own research in primary sources. The course themes and material are driven by the Mille Lacs Kathio project, a joint research and educational endeavor of the Archaeological Computing Laboratory, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources--Parks and Recreation, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Students work as a group gaining background knowledge and then working on their own research projects: examples include Diminishing Wild Rice Crops, Prehistoric Ceramics, Mille Lacs Band Treaty History, and Oral Histories of the Depression. There is significant hands-on time: we start with snowshoeing to archaeological sites in the park, and end canoeing the Rum River to discuss landscape history.
Intro to East Asia J. Ness
This course is an interdisciplinary, team taught course which will introduce students to the history, philosophy, mythology, art, literature, and music of East Asian civilizations. It seeks to familiarize students with the arts and culture of East Asia in an attempt to expand appreciation for the civilizations of the area. Team and guest instructors will make presentations on aspects of Asian civilizations relevant to their respective disciplines and/or interests.
Women in U.S. Politics J. Olsen
This course will examine the facts about women in political roles as well as address the social, cultural, political and power dynamics of women in elected office in the U.S. Included will be analysis of the demographics and faces of women in politics over the last 30 years, how women in elected office are portrayed by the media and perceived by the public, and how the power bases of women in office compare to men in elected office. We will study the actual careers of women in U.S. politics, the gender gap in terms of voting, and the ways that policy outcomes and political issues differently affect women and men. Through class discussions, readings, group work, research and guest speakers, student will become familiar with women as political actors, the political realities for women in elected office and other political roles, and additional interesting information about women in politics as decided by the students in the class.
Arab Spain: 711-1492 L. Splittgerber
The course is designed to introduce students to a unique period in human history-- the Arab control of the Spanish peninsula-- characterized by the tolerance, interaction and flowering of 3 religious, linguistic and cultural traditions: Jewish, Moslem and Christian. This period produced important advances in mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and many other disciplines which, in turn, sparked the Italian Renaissance and left behind a rich legacy of art, architecture, music, language and literature. This course also provides a brief overview of Islam and the Arabic language and will feature interactions with members of the SCSU Islamic community.
Science, Medicine and Technology in American History J. Mullins
This course will cover various facets of the development of science, medicine, and technology in America from the colonial period through the late twentieth century. While at some points in the course we will be studying science, medicine, or technology as independent fields, one of our larger goals will be to explore the interconnections among them. As we proceed, we will be asking a number of pivotal questions. Is change in these fields driven by internal developments (e.g. "pure" science) or external pressures? How does social context shape the development of each field? What are the ethical considerations in these fields? Among the specific case studies we shall examine are early American environmental struggles between colonists and Native Americans, the role of gender and race in early biology and medicine, the development of intelligence testing, and the causes of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters.
Guy Things: Men and Masculinity in America Jason Laker
This course will examine the many influences (e.g. parents, church, media, government, peers) that shape the gender identity of males as they grow from boyhood to manhood. We will analyze this process by utilizing readings, videos, and experiential approaches to excavate the messages both subtly and overtly given to boys and men which influence their development. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to connect theoretical and practical aspects of masculinity by engaging in a service and research project. Other assignments will involve media critiques and presentations, and reflecting personally on students' own socialization. Both men and women are encouraged to enroll and come ready to excavate assumptions about gender.