This course offers the student a chronological overview of cultural history from the first civilizations in Paleolithic times to the present The landmarks in the text--visual, literary, and musical key examples--keep the learner from getting lost in the huge survey of time by focusing study on very specific icons and very clear comparisons and contrasts. Key ideas in the history of ideas structure this survey of the human intellect and imagination. Particular sections beyond the west trace cross-cultural influences or emphasize stark contrasts in contemporaneous global cultures. In practice, the focus is on discovery and the sheer joy of learning about the creative process itself.
This course examines the history of feature films from the silent era to the digital age with a special emphasis on those films and directors that are critically acclaimed as being the best of their era. Along the way, students will become acquainted with film theory and begin to see film as an international media despite Hollywood's prominence. Students will hone skills that pertain to the study of all humanities: critical thinking, solid interpretation, clear writing, and engaging conversation. Our guide in selecting films will be the lists published each decade by the British Film Institute (BFI) and the National Society of Film Critics. Fair warning: some of these films are rated R and contain scenes of sex and violence.
This course, a continuation of HU 111, is designed for students to continue developing beginning conversational signing skills. Additional techniques used by ASL users are introduced. There is allowance for working with others, working with the videotape, and practice time.
This is an introduction to the religions of the world with particular emphasis on the religions of first world peoples (especially those of New England), Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In addition to gaining core knowledge about these traditions in the classroom, students will be given opportunities to encounter them through first-hand narratives, meetings with religious representatives invited to class, readings from sacred texts, and field trips to sacred sites and rituals.
In our image-soaked world, the movie industry powerfully shapes our lives and the ways we think about God and participate in religious communities. This course will serve both as an introduction to the study of the religions of the world and as an introduction to thinking critically about movies. Using insights by film scholars we will develop our ability to understand better how filmmakers craft a film and communicate values explicitly and implicitly. By reading theologians and culture critics we will learn to participate thoughtfully in the dialogue between faith and film.
This is an introduction to a cross-cultural communication through the immersion and participation in the Greek culture. The classic Greek thought will be compared with contemporary Greek and Western thought on such issues as friendship, education, the view of women, identification of aesthetics and ethics, business labor and trades, the European Union, the state religion, law, the family, and other pertinent cultural aspects. Emphasis will be placed on the major events, institutions, ideas, and creative works that developed and continue to shape the western world.
This course introduces students to an interdisciplinary study of fine arts with a focus on the modern (and post-modern) world. Students will trace the development of modern sensibilities in major works of painting, sculpture, architecture, music and literature.
This course is to be taken by seniors completing the BS in Science and Humanities Degree, typically in their final semester of studies. The capstone will be an appropriate academic experience to their Individualize Program of Study, such as a senior thesis, a project with report, an internship with report, a portfolio, or an independent study. Capstone plans must be approved by the IPS student's faculty advising committee before registration.
This course is designed to confront students with perennial human questions about existence, meaning, knowledge, conduct and value, and to acquaint them with selected perspectives on these questions provided by the Western philosophical tradition. A wide range of philosophers, representing many different modes of philosophical inquiry, will be examined. Problems in the contemporary world will provide starting points for the exploration of philosophical theory.
This course introduces students to important traditional ethical theories, new directions in moral thinking, and contemporary ethical controversies. It focuses on ethics as the practice of informed dialogue and principled behavior in a diverse and changing society and in the workplace.
This course will cover critical theories about the relationships and moral responsibilities of humans to their environments. Using traditional moral theories, moral psychology, behavioral economics, and contemporary philosophies, students will explore questions such as: What is Nature? Does it have rights? What is the environment? Are we the environment? How about animals? What responsibilities do we have to future generations? What makes people actually change their behaviors toward the environment? Non-Western approaches will be included. Students will then apply their insights to current environmental conflicts such as global warming, land development, endangered species preservation, and intensive farming.
In concert with the theme fo the annual Camden Conference, which can range from the Palestinian-Israeli problem to the rise of China as the dominant global super-ower, this course introduces students to contemporary global issues through discussion and readings on the topics to be addressed by the conference. In 2014, the Camden Conference focuses on food and water security. Students will delve into the intricate concepts surrounding the global food crisis, including obesity and starvation, the ecological impacts of modern sgriculture, as well the governance of water rights in the face of climate change.