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Spring 2008

  • Learning Communities are open to all majors - limited seats available for spring
  • To enroll email the Academic Advising & Planning Center. Learning Communities are not available for registration using CougarTrail.
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The Impact of Society and Culture on the Individual - 20 seats
ENGLISH - ENGL-102-LC1 - Marie Fitzwilliam T/TH 9:25-10:40

Sociology 101 will help you explore the impact of society and culture on individuals and their life choices and behaviors. Topics covere will include the social institutions (family, religion, government, economic, education, and medical), and social differentiation (age, gender, race, social class). Special emphasis is given to the media and techno-media (i.e. the internet) and their impact on social life. In addition, we will discuss urban legends and their impact on behavior.

English 102 will complement Sociology 101 by having you read texts (plays, poems, and a novel) that explore themes of social and cultural influences on the individual. For example, how do your class and race affect the way you see others? How do stereotypical images of beauty affect your self-image? In addition, you will practice writing skills in English 102 that you can use in Sociology 101, learning to generate ideas, organize, and revise them. These linked courses will have at least one shared assignment.

Completion of this learning community fulfills three semester hours of the general education requirements in English and three semester hours of general education requirements in the social sciences.

Archeology: Where the Present Meets the Past - 25 seats
CLASSICS - CLAS-104-001 - James Newhard-T/TH 10:50-12:05
INTRODUCTION TO ARCHEOLOGY- ANTH-202-LC1 - Maureen Hays - M/W 3:20-4:35

"Indiana Jones", "The Mummy", and "Tomb Raider" - You have seen them on the big screen traveling the dusty corners of the world searching for the 'truth' of ancient civilizations. But how do real archaeologists go about reconstructing past societies? What are the tools of their trade, and how do they use them? How do they frame their questions? How do they go about combining data from different sources to paint a picture of the past?

This learning community introduces you to some of the basic methods and frameworks used in archaeology. ANTH 202 (Introduction to Archaeology) covers methodological techniques (such as excavation, survey, and artifact analysis) while introducing you to prehistoric cultures. CLAS 104 (Introduction to Classical Archaeology) discusses the processes by which archaeology developed from a 'gentleman's pursuit' to an interdisciplinary study of humanity's development. As a member of this Learning Community, you will explore the basics of how archaeologists ask questions of the past, the techniques used to gather data, and the frameworks used to interpret that data.

Completion of this learning community fulfills two of the three core course requirements for the archaeology minor, as well as one course each in the Humanities and Social Science components of the College's general education requirement.

Self In/Against Society - 20 seats
INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE - THTR176-LC1 - Susan Kattwinkel MWF 11-11:50
ENGLISH - ENGL-102-LC2 - Mike Duvall MWF 9-9:50

Selves make up society, but often there's a contentious relationship between the two. We all have, in one way or another, a "place" in society: sometimes by our own choice, many times due to no wish of our own, and sometimes a little of both. Within the embrace of a particular community, we can feel sheltered, nurtured, even cherished, but the other side of the coin is that societies need their "others", those groups which are on the outs and against which society defines itself. This theme will be the focus of the two courses in this learning community, which will explore the complex relationships between the self and society in the context of an introductory class in theatre (THTR 176) and a literature-based writing course (ENGL 102). The two courses will share some reading and writing assignments as they mutually investigate the self as artists in theatre, poetry and fiction have examined it.

THTR 176 offers an introduction to the practice, criticism, and appreciation of the theatre. Course assignments include play reading and analysis, practical projects that introduce students to the different artistic areas of theatre practice, and performance attendance and criticism. ENGL 102 offers concentrated practice in writing at the college level, with emphasis on critical reading of and writing in response to imaginative literature. Assignments include response pieces; analysis, explication, and interpretation of literary works; and a research paper.

Completion of this learning community fulfills three semester hours of the general education requirements in English and three semester hours of general education requirements in the humanities.