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Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

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Humanities Curriculum

English 126 Children of Empire
A look at children's literature, poetry and stories of growing up in England and its colonies in the 19th and 20th centuries in the context of Edward Said's critical views of "orientalism." Authors include Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson, Lewis Carroll, Olive Schreiner and Rudyard Kipling. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) Open to first-year students and sophomores only; not open to students who have taken a 100- or 200-level English course. Maximum enrollment, 16. P O'Neill. 
Leadership Skills Developed: Writing clearly and concisely; Taking responsibility; Negotiating differences; Making effective presentations; Facilitating group discussions

English 129 Truth and Justice, the American Way
Truth is often a difficult thing to determine. The difficulty is compounded when the stakes of debate over the truth are high, as they are in searching for justice for individuals or communities. We will read poetry, drama, fiction and films that suggest the peculiarly American factors that shape notions of truth when justice is under debate. We will read recognized literary authors such as Hawthorne, Melville, Hellman and Baldwin, as well as writers who experienced imprisonment, including Malcolm X, Leonard Peltier and Kathy Boudin. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) Open to first-years and sophomores only; not open to students who have taken a 100- or 200-level English course. Maximum enrollment, 16. Larson.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Active listening; Writing clearly and concisely; Asking powerful questions; Advocating one's viewpoint ; Making effective presentations; Facilitating group discussions

German Studies 130 Third-Term German
Review of grammar, syntax and conversational techniques through work in aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Literary texts supplemented with realia (such as news stories German songs, videos). Exercises in aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing reinforced by short cultural and literary texts. Four hours of class, with additional drill sessions and laboratory work. Piesche.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Active listening; Diagnosing problems; Negotiating difference; Reading emotional cues; Giving feedback

Hispanic Studies 200W Exploring Hispanic Texts
Study of interdisciplinary cultural discourses — art, music, journalism, literature, film — from Latin America, Spain and the Spanish Caribbean. Focus on written and oral argumentation; introduction to the interpretation of literary texts. Advanced grammar in context and vocabulary building. Course emphasizes writing, oral presentation and the refinement of speech and pronunciation. Taught in Spanish. (Writing-intensive.) (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, grade of C+ or better in Spanish 135 or 140, placement or consent of instructor. Not open to students who have taken 201. Maximum enrollment, 16. Willstedt
Leadership Skills Developed:  Actively listening; Making effective presentations; Diagnosing problems

Philosophy 100 Critical Thinking
An introduction to informal methods of evaluating claims and arguments in everyday life. Emphasis on the recognition of bad reasoning, nonrational persuasion, and the evaluation of explanations and arguments. Includes lecture, discussion and small group interaction. (Writing-intensive.) Open to first-year students only. Maximum enrollment, 20. Doran.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Writing clearly and concisely; Making effective presentations ; Asking powerful questions; Advocating one's viewpoint;  Working with others toward shared goals

Philosophy 200 Critical Reasoning
Practical, hands-on work on recognizing and constructing clear arguments from and in everyday life. Emphasis on strengthening one's reasoning skills and putting them to constructive use in debate and writing. Not open to students who have taken 240. Doran.
Leadership Skills Developed: Asking powerful questions; Making effective presentations;  Writing clearly and concisely;  Advocating one's viewpoint; Working with others toward shared goals

Russian Studies 169 Dreams, Visions and Nightmares: Introduction to Russian Film
Survey of Russian film from its beginnings through the Soviet period to the present. Introduction to the basic grammar, techniques and theories of filmmaking. Analysis of cinema as cultural artifact, as propaganda and as high (and low) art. Films include Strike!, Brother, Little Vera, Burnt by the Sun, The Thief and The Return. Afternoon and evening screenings. No knowledge of Russian required.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Writing clearly and concisely; Making effective presentations; Soliciting feedback; Giving feedback

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