W Program Course Offerings: Spring 2014

72635 - COMM 103W - Introduction to Communication Studies - Susan Baxter.  4 credits; TR 9:30-10:45 and W 2-2:50. Students develop an increased competency in communicating with precision and style, and also have the opportunity to think critically and creatively about the process of communication. Major topics in communication theory and practice are surveyed in addition to a focus on public speaking. This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Arts for Living/ Creative and Performing Arts requirement and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.

73090 - History 202W - U.S. History Since 1865 - Jamie Wagman. 4 credits; TR 11-12:15 and W 2-2:50. This course melds U.S. History (which satisfies a Sophia requirement) with writing (which satisfies the W requirement). The class will focus on U.S. History from the Civil War to the present and on writing skills. Classroom presentations will cover such topics as the 1920's "Jazz Age," the Depression era, the two World Wars, Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement, hippies, and Watergate. Students will learn to write persuasive arguments which incorporate both primary and secondary historical sources. The goal throughout will be to introduce students to fascinating historical topics and to help them find their own voice in their written arguments about those topics. This course may be used to satisfy Sophia LO1, Cultures and Systems/History requirement and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.

72621 - PHIL 110W - Introduction to Philosophy - Patti Sayre. 4 credits; MWF 1-1:50 and W 2-2:50. We live in a world that can dazzle us with beauty but also threaten us with chaos. Even the most orderly of lives can unexpectedly veer out of control, and the most rational of activities take on aspects of madness. How are we to make our way in such a world? Is there some underlying pattern in the mad whirl? Can we find meaning in the mayhem? Questions concerning life's meaning and purpose lie at the heart of all serious philosophical inquiry. In this course we will explore the possibilities for meaning offered by the conceptual frameworks of western philosophy. Whether we are wrestling with Socrates' response to the collapse of Athenian democracy or Descartes' response to the collapse of the medieval worldview, our concern throughout will be to articulate our own responses to the questions that matter most.This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Traditions and worldviews/ Philosophical Worldviews requirement and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.

72727 - ENLT 109W - Dialogue - Tom Bonnell. 4 credits; TR 9:30-10:45 and R 8:30-9:20. "Where are you now?" This question begins countless cell-phone conversations for a reason: speech craves a context. To process what someone is saying, we need to assess where they are coming from - both literally and figuratively.  The same need factors into our understanding of literature. Wherever dialogue occurs in poems, plays, short stories, and novels, it requires careful scrutiny. Situating speakers within dialogue (determining what they know, what they don't, what they're hiding, what they're feeling, what they want to say, what they might be unable to say, or why they're talking) is one of the vital aspects of reading, among others, that we will practice on a variety of works. This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Humanities/Literature requirement and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.

72803 - ENLT 109W - Identities and Identification - Ann Marie Alfonso-Forero. 4 credits; MW 11-12:15 and W 2-2:50. This course introduces students to reading and writing about literature at the college level. We will focus on recent multiethnic American literature, which offers fascinating insights into how identities are constructed and how migration and acculturation necessitate a variety of identification strategies in contemporary America. Throughout the course, we will examine how the process of identifying oneself and being identified by others is represented in novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and film. We will pay particular attention to how identities are imagined, created, and performed with regard to family, gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic class. Writers may include Julia Alvarez, Jhumpa Lahiri, Richard Rodriguez, and Gene Luen Yang. This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Humanities/Literature requirement and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.

72605 - ENLT 109W - The Double in Literature - Ted Billy. 4 credits; MWF 10-10:50 and R 3:30-4:20. Focusing on the psychological implications of the double in 19th-and 10th century literature, this course provides a fundamental understanding of the elements of fiction, in addition to an acquaintance with the critical approaches and terminology required in the composition and revision of analytical papers. At the end of the "W" course, students should be better equipped to read critically, think logically, and write clearly. Readings include the Turn of the Screw, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, The Secret Sharer, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Humanities/Literature requirement and gives students an opportunity to earn the Basic W.

72550 - ENLT 109W - Contemporary Ethnic American Short Stories - Dionne Bremyer. 4 credits; TR 3:30-4:45 and T 5-5:50. This class explores the short stories of historically underrepresented ethnic minorities living in the United States. In this course we will explore a variety of contemporary short stories dealing with the social, cultural, and political circumstances that inform their work. Even in the current academic climate of literary inclusivity, authors of color or from diverse cultures continue to be underrepresented in the publishing world, a phenomenon that we will investigate. Additionally, we will examine the theoretical concept of hybridity that occurs when writing from a place that is both culturally American and "othered." The writers whose work we will consider include Jhumpa Lahiri, Percival Everett, Edwidge Danticat, Samantha Lan Chang, Junot Diaz, Solmon Rushdie, Danzy Senna Amy Tan, Alice Walker, and Peter Ho Davis. This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Humanities/Literature requirement and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.

72728 - ENLT 109W - Philosophy and Fiction - Joseph Cardinale. 4 credits; TR 12:30-1:45 and T 3:30-4:20. This course will investigate the intersection between fiction and philosophical inquiry. Through writing and discussion, we will examine a selection of novels and stories that dramatize a range of philosophical problems, paradoxes, and questions: What is the self? What is happiness? What is reality? What is a perfect society? What is the relationship between mind and body? Are we free to choose, or are our actions determined by forces beyong our control? The assigned texts will invite us to consider and discuss how different characters and authors confront similar spiritual, ethical, and existential crises of meaning and purpose, knowledge and identity. We will read in order to understand, examine, and critique the perspectives of these authors, and we will write in order to discover, debate, and refine our own personal answers to the question they raise. At the end of the course, students will be better equipped to read critically, think dialectically, and draw connections between a diverse range of books and ideas. Writing assignments will include four out-of-class essays and two in-class essays. Authors may include: Leo Tolstoy, Albert Camus, Flannery O'Connor, Ursula LeGuinn, Franz Kafka, and others, as well as at least one film. This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Humanities/Literature requirement and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.

72729 - ENLT 203/ 203W - Realism and Race in American Drama - Chris Cobb. 4 credits; MWF 9:9:50 and W 3-3:50. This course will focus on American drama from the nineteenth century to the present, examining how playwrights investigate American beliefs about race and ethnicity as they bring the dramas of immigration and integration to the American stage.  We’ll read many different types of plays—melodramas, comedies, tragedies, and documentary theatre—looking especially at how plays set up and break down stereotypes and how they strive to spark conversations that reach across boundaries of race and class. Writing assignments for those enrolled in the course as a W will include four out-of-class essays and two in-class essays, with mandatory revisions.  Non-W students will write two out-of-class essays, and two in-class essays, with optional revisions.  There will be one theatre trip to Notre Dame to see Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris’s darkly comic sequel to A Raisin in the Sun (which we will also read). 

72721 - RLST 101W - Introducing Religious Studies: Conversion - Stacy Davis. 4 credits; MWRF 2-2:50. This course is an introduction to the subject of conversion. It will focus on the following questions: Why does an individual leave one set of beliefs for another? How does this take place? What are the practical consequences for the new believer? How does a conversion change the convert’s relationship to the world around him or her? With these questions in mind, we will begin by reading texts that define conversion in academic terms and then will apply those terms to fictional and non-fictional case studies, specifically the autobiography of Faith Adiele, the literature of David Palahniuk and Margaret Atwood, and the biography of Malcolm X. One of the first things you will learn about religious conversion is that “conversion is a process” (Rambo 5). Writing is also a process. Because this is a W course, you will spend a significant amount of time not only writing papers but also revising papers. A well-written and well-argued paper is rarely the result of a first draft, and you will have the opportunity to revise most of your papers for argument development and for grammar and style before I grade them. At the end of the semester, you will select papers for your Writing Proficiency portfolio and have the opportunity to fulfill your basic W requirement. This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Traditions and Worldviews Religious Traditions I and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.

72765 - SOC 203W - Social Problems - Susan Alexander. 4 credits; MW 3-4:15 and W 4:40-5:10. This course provides a sociological (social scientific) perspective on contemporary issues that individuals regard as GLOBAL social problems. Information about social problems is presented in various media sites such as TV news programs, books or journal articles, and Internet websites. In order to highlight the interconnectivity among various social problems at the global level, particular attention will be given to two global concerns: the production and distribution of petroleum and climate change. Among the countries included in our discussion are: Iran, Venezuela, Chad, Nigeria, Kenya, China, Afghanistan, Mexico, Easter Island, and the United States. By learning to critically analyze the both the information/data and the media sites that present information, students will gain valuable tools for becoming a more critically informed global citizen. This course may be used to satisfy the Sophia LO1 Science for the Citizen/ Social Science II and gives students an opportunity to fulfill the Basic W.


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