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Christ College Courses, Fall 2019

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CC 110: Texts and Contexts I

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 110 Texts and Contexts I 8 Credits TR 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MW 9-9:50 a.m. or 10:30-11:20 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. R 8-9:15 p.m. Texts and Contexts offers students an opportunity to study selected great works of humankind and to engage the lively ideas that have shaped its traditions. The close reading of primary texts is accompanied by a survey of the wider aspects of the historical epoch and milieu appropriate to each text. Semesters are arranged in chronological units that also have a topical focus––the fall semester beginning with antiquity and the spring semester concluding with the modern world. Readings are drawn from history, literature, philosophy, and religion. Supplementary materials to illuminate the texts and their contexts may include biographies, artistic works, and scholarly and critical essays. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 201A: Christ College Symposium

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 201A: Christ College Symposium 0 Credits R 6:30-7:30 p.m. (S/U grade) The Christ College Symposium is a premier co-curricular program of presentations featuring distinguished guests from all fields of scholarship, including religion, the arts, public affairs, and science, and other arenas who present their work and engage in lively exchange with the audience. Christ College sophomores, juniors and seniors must register for CC 201 EV: Symposium each semester they are on campus. Every CC sophomore, junior or senior must attend a minimum of two events per semester.  Students have multiple options from the Speaker Series and Firesides, which feature presentations by faculty members.  Failure to do so will result in a “U” on your transcript and may jeopardize your standing in CC.   [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well] [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 205: Word and Image (Humanities: Fine Arts Requirement)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 205: Word and Image (Humanities: Fine Arts Requirement) 3 Credits Section A: MWF 9:00-9:50 am - Professor Buggeln Human beings are image makers. We represent and communicate what we see, imagine, and understand in words and pictures. This course introduces students to certain problems in the history of visual and literary representation from Plato to the present. The course is divided into three sections. The first focuses on questions regarding the truth and authority of representations. The second section explores aesthetics, especially the rise of modern ways of seeing in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europe and America. Finally, we will consider the ethical or moral duty of makers of images and texts in the modern world. Among the variety of questions that we will consider this semester are: What is this human practice of representation, and how do words and images operate? Can words claim legitimacy that images may not and vice-versa? What do makers of representations owe their viewers/readers?  [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 215: The Christian Tradition (THEO 200 and WIC Course)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 215: The Christian Tradition (THEO 200 and WIC Course) 3 Credits Section A: TR 8:30-9:45 p.m. - Professor Puffer Section B: TR 10:30-11:45 p.m. - Professor Puffer Section C: TR 1:30-2:45 p.m. - Professor Rittgers This course introduces students to central developments in the history of Christianity and to diverse forms of Christianity today. It also explores the nature and purpose of Christian theology and encourages students to reflect more deeply on their own religious convictions and questions. The course focuses on the close reading and discussion of primary texts in the Christian intellectual and spiritual tradition. Readings include selections from the Bible and the writings of various classical theologians, such as St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as contemporary theologians from a variety of Christian traditions and perspectives. The course aims to strengthen the student's: (1) knowledge of Christian theology and practice; (2) ability to read theological texts closely and to think critically about them; and (3) communication and research skills. Requirements include actively participating in class discussions and writing a variety of papers to be determined by the individual section instructor (approximately 15-20 pages total over the course of the semester). [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well] [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 255: Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society (Social Science Requirement)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 255: Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society (Social-Science Requirement) 3 Credits Section A: TR 8:30-9:45 a.m. - Professor Jakelic Section B: TR 1:30-2:45 p.m. - Professor Jakelic Continuing the important questions addressed in the First-Year Program — what it means to be human — this course examines the ways that human beings are deeply social creatures that both make and are made by their communities. The class points to the questions of good life and good society— questions that people share regardless of their cultural background and context— but also looks at various ways in which specific cultures answer those questions. The course will draw its theoretical emphases from major figures in the human sciences including Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Max Weber, Clifford Geertz, and Michel Foucault. The social thinkers that we study in this course each posit theories and methods for examining the relationship between individuals and their society. We start with the assumption that we are not isolated individuals; our opportunities and even our very identities are shaped by a social environment that we help create. Thus, we shape our society and in turn our society shapes us. We end the course by being social theorists ourselves, applying the tools of social analysis that we have honed all semester to contemporary issues of importance in the 21st century— this year, new media and technology. Thus, this class helps students learn how to move from the kinds of big ideas we discuss in our CC classes to critical analysis of the contemporary social events they read about in the news; it is a process of translation for engagement in the contemporary world. In addition to weekly discussion, and small preparatory…

CC 300 GX: History and Systems of Psychology

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 GX: History and Systems of Psychology 3 Credits Professor Nelson TR 3:00-4:15 pm Crosslisted with PSY 360 Who are we?  What does it mean to be a human person?  Many thinkers and more recently modern psychologists have asked these questions.  In this class we will look at some of the main answers to this vital topic found in the Western tradition, and consider outstanding current and historical writers who have sought to answer the question, who are we? Four systems of thought have developed in Western thought around the question who are we?  Some writers think we are blank slates, victims of fate or products of our culture and environment.  Others see us as relational beings who find our selfhood in community.  A third group sees us as minds or machines, rational beings who process information and make judgments.  Finally a fourth group looks beyond these answers and sees us as spiritual or religious beings that find our meaning in a relationship with the transcendent or sacred.  In the class we will read a prominent modern psychologist who represents each of these perspectives, and then see how their positions have developed from prior ideas in philosophy, science and theology that are deeply embedded in Western intellectual history.  After studying, analyzing and discussing these views, each student will be invited to develop and present a paper on their own answer to the question, who are we? Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well] [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 325 B: African American Literature (Cultural Diversity)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 325 B: African American Literature (Humanities: Lit or Cultural Diversity Requirement) Professor Graber TR 1:30-2:45 pm Credits 3 Fulfills the Humanities: Lit or Cultural Diversity requirement.   African American literature includes some of the richest and most innovative writing in the English language. Black writers have produced works that bent and reinvented literary genres to express the truths of black experience in the United States—from spirituals to hip hop, from essays to epic poems, from slave narratives to surrealist novels. Thanks to the efforts of such writers as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead and Ta-Nehisi Coates, no sentence now appears more glaringly absurd than Thomas Jefferson’s declaration of 1781: “Never yet could I find that a black had uttered a thought above the level of plain narration.” In this course we will explore together how black writers have been transcending “the level of plain narration” since before the nation’s founding. We will examine a body of literature remarkable for its ingenuity, emotional depth, and multi-layered complexity, crafted in spite of monstrous impediments—mandatory illiteracy, terrorist violence, slavery, and bigotry. We will discover how, in the face of a deeply racist ideology that Jefferson articulated in its mildest form, African American writing has carved out a space for liberty with the tools of literature. In addition to engaging in a lively and enlightening semester-long conversation, you will also each have the opportunity to design and carry out a major interdisciplinary research project, which will culminate in a 15-page paper on a topic related to African American literature. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other…

CC 325 A: Museum History and Culture

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 325 A: Museum History and Culture Professor Buggeln MWF 11:30-12:20 pm Credits 3 Museums reveal what cultures value most. In their architecture, collections, and public programs museums demonstrate how people organize knowledge, think about the past, and see themselves in relation to others. This seminar will examine the history of museums in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present, tracing the development of a wide variety of institutions, including art museums, natural history museums, history museums, and science and technology museums. Topics will include the nature of collecting as a human activity, history and memory, museums and nationalism, culture as entertainment, and the politics of taste. We will pay close attention to challenges facing museums today, such as Native Americans’ demand for the return of human remains and artifacts, the politics of the representation of racial, ethnic, and religious difference, and the proper response to tragedies such as the Holocaust or 9/11.   Students will take a midterm exam and complete a term project analyzing one museum of their choice, requiring both a fifteen-page paper and a final PowerPoint presentation. They will attend three Saturday or Sunday field trips to Chicago and Indianapolis. Major readings will include: Edward P. Alexander, Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Function of Museums (2007 edition), James Cuno, Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum (2011), and Lawrence Weschler, Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology (1996). [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well] [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 325 C: Japanese Visual Culture (Cultural Diversity Requirement)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 325 C: Japanese Visual Culture  3 Credits Professor Prough TR 3:00-4:15 pm Fulfills cultural diversity requirement. Over the past three decades Japanese popular culture has become a global phenomenon; from Power Rangers to Pokémon, Sailormoon to Spirited Away a generation of children/young adults/adults have been shaped by images and narratives from Japan.  This seminar aims at developing a visual literacy and historical understanding of several key elements of Japanese visual culture past and present.  Examining depictions (text and image) of Heian court romance; the samurai print culture and theatrical arts; the visual prose of manga and anime; Hello Kitty, Pokemon and the commercialization of cute; and the mixing of genres in postmodern art we will ask questions about the relationship between representation and culture within the Japanese context.  In each of the thematic units—the Tale of Genji, Samurai fiction, manga and anime, commercial cute, contemporary art—we will think about the ways that literature and art shape each other, reflect and affect their contexts, and evolve over time.  Finally, each unit will also engage questions of the international reception of Japanese popular culture and the ways in which cultural styles, norms, and ideas both travel and translate, or are reconfigured and reinterpreted at the site of reception. Assignments will include 3 short papers and a final exam (take home essay style).   Required Books (will likely include): Murasaki, Shikibu. 1990. The Tale of Genji. New York: Vintage Books. 978-0679729532 [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well] [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 300 HX: Studies in Theology, Health & Healing (Upper Level Theology Requirement)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 HX: Studies in Theology, Health & Healing 3 Credits Professor Holman TR 3:00 - 4:15 pm Cross-listed with THEO 346 AX Fulfills upper level theology requirement. Seminar Theme: “Health Matters: Social Practices of Medical Care across Christian History” Goal: To invite students to begin to think creatively and critically about the complex connections between spirituality, religious practice, the history of medicine in the Christian tradition, and community health around the world today. This seminar will focus on the material culture of health narratives and practices. Each week we will explore a different, small, glimpse—a story or snapshot of a person, text, or moment in Christian history—where people of faith were engaged in a health-related topic or practices related to issues that continue to shape beliefs and practices today. Assignments and discussion will draw from scripture, art, archaeology, architecture, food history, the history of the book, and other visual and material resources to think about the place of body, space, and substance in Christian narratives of health and healing. Students will think carefully about ethical and responsible methodologies for connecting past and present. While the focus will be on the history of the Christian tradition, related practices in other traditions may be included, where relevant, to invite critical and constructive comparisons useful for global health, health care, and faith-based service activities today. The seminar is intentionally introductory, and does not presume knowledge about health, medicine, or the nuanced ins and outs of Christian theology. Students should have completed a 200-level course on the Christian tradition. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false"…

CC 300 A: Science, Technology, and Society

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 A: Science, Technology, and Society 3 Credits  MWF 1:30-2:20 pm - Professor Puffer What are the origins, purposes, and limits of science and technology? Science and technology (including natural and social sciences, as well as engineering and medicine) have so shaped modern society that we live at a time unprecedented in its potential for human flourishing and its vulnerability to violence and suffering. Today, human beings can harness atomic and solar energy, edit the human genome, engineer new species, change the global climate, and manipulate society through social media. As he witnessed the rapid acceleration of society’s scientific and technological capacities half a century ago Martin Luther King, Jr. saw that moral and social progress were not keeping pace: “We have guided missiles and misguided men.” The interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology, & Society emerged in response to this and similar challenges for the sake of both the common good and future generations. In this course students will be introduced to historical challenges, influential interdisciplinary studies, and complex ethical considerations that inform the field of Science, Technology, & Society. We will examine cases from diverse STEM fields in order to develop ethically-informed approaches to scientific research and cross-disciplinary applied projects. Readings, discussions, and assignments will invite students to broaden their understandings of vocation and professional responsibilities beyond the merely technical to moral domains encompassing multiple disciplinary perspectives, diverse values, and a range of views about what makes for a good and just society. *This course satisfies the College of Engineering's GE312 (Ethical Decisions in Engineering) requirement. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false"…

CC 300 B: Empathy & Compassion in Society

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 B: Empathy & Compassion in Society 3 Credits  MWF 2:30-3:20 pm - Professor Western In 2016, after three days of racially charged violence, in a memorial service held in Dallas, Texas, former US President George W. Bush preached healing and reconciliation to a fraying nation, proposing to his people a common policy of empathy. “At times,” he intoned, “it seems the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together… [But] at our best we practice empathy, imagining ourselves in the lives and circumstances of others. This is the bridge across our nation’s deepest divisions.” In pluralist societies like the United States – where folks hold varying beliefs, lifestyles and political views, and often find deep tensions emerging across those axes – do the virtues of empathy and compassion have a real, substantial role to play in ensuring a good, harmonious society? It’s commonplace to think of empathy and compassion as unalloyed goods, but they do have their critics. For some, empathy and compassion prove two forces too weak to have substantial impact on our social or political lives, and so appeals to these virtues are best kept in our private lives – amongst our friends and family. For others, empathy and compassion actually undercut justice, seeming like virtues on the surface but too often leading us to act contrary to how we should in a society that’s respectful and just. Academic literature on empathy and compassion has ballooned over the past two decades, and this course will engage with just some of that literature – both in favour of these two virtues and against them – to ask the question: should we cultivate and employ…

CC 300 CX: The Christian Epic from Virgil to Milton (Upper Level THEO Requirement)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 CX: The Christian Epic from Virgil to Milton 3 Credits  MWF 2:30-3:20 pm - Professor Gehrke Cross-listed with THEO 329 BX Fulfills upper level theology requirement. There was once a man. His rough and tawny hands wore the scars of willing labors. Dry and dirty, they were strong, but gentle. He could have lived a long and happy life, but he was driven by necessity  or maybe fate or God (who knows the difference?) to endure a strange and stormy life. He made war on the world’s powers, and battled, most of all, the foes of his own heart. His sacrifice built a home and hope for the nations; he lost all in the effort. Then he went away. Or rather, we lost him, just as we learned who he really was; and so we wept.  But hope is not lost. His story is our own, and yours. The story of your life is woven on the tapestry of His, and put up on display for you and everyone to see. And your questions are asked and answered in His: Why are you here? To what have you been born? What is love, and hope? Are the pains of life an evil, perhaps a gift? Where do I put my grief, my death? Whom and how must I love in the interim? Who will guide me on the way? Come hear the story of everything. Let the Muse explain to you the causes. Take and read. This epic, it’s the story of your life. Besides, he’s coming back…you’ll see. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More"…

CC 300 DX: History and Systems of Psychology

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 DX: History and Systems of Psychology 3 Credits - Cross-listed with PSY 360 X MWF 3:30-4:45 pm - Professor Nelson Who are we?  What does it mean to be a human person?  Many Classical thinkers and modern psychologists have asked these questions.  In this seminar we will look at some of the main answers found in the Western tradition, and consider outstanding current and historical writers who have sought to answer the question, who are we?  Some writers consider us to be blank slates, victims of fate or products of our culture and environment, while in a partial revolt against this, others see us as spiritual or religious beings with free will and able to find meaning in a relationship with the transcendent or sacred.  Traditional authors typically see us as relational beings who find our selfhood in community while others build a model of isolated individualism.  Many writers see us as minds, rational beings who process information and make judgments, in contrast to those who view us as material bodies essentially constituted by our physical nature.  More recently, many scientists and philosophers view us as machines made up of parts that work according to natural, lawlike principles.  In the class we will read prominent Classical or early modern writers as well as recent psychologists who represent each of these perspectives, and then thoroughly analyze and critique these authors and their points of view.  At the end of the seminar, each student will be invited to develop and present a paper on their own answer to the question, who are we? [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 300 EX: Real Stories from American Literature (Humanities: Literature Requirement)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 EX: Real Stories from American Literature 3 Credits - Cross-listed with ENGL 365 AX TR 8:30-9:45 pm - Professor Hedlin Fulfills humanities: literature requirement. When we say a story is realistic, what do we mean? Why do characters in some stories seem believable—like real people— and others not? How do our expectations as readers differ when we hear a story is “real” (nonfiction) versus “realist” (fiction that seems like it could be real)? Whose reality does realist fiction represent? In this course we’ll explore these questions through a tour of American short stories.   [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Fall Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="fall-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

Christ College Courses, Spring 2020

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CC 201 A: Christ College Symposium

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 201A: Christ College Symposium 0 Credits R 6:30-7:30 p.m. (S/U grade) Christ College sophomores, juniors and seniors must register for CC 201 EV: Symposium each semester they are on campus. Every CC sophomore, junior or senior must attend two Symposia per semester. Failure to do so will result in a “U” on the transcript and may jeopardize standing in CC. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well] [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 205: Word and Image

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 205: Word and Image 3 Credits Section A: MWF 1:30-2:20 p.m. - Professor Buggeln Fulfills humanities: fine arts requirement. What is representation and how do words and images communicate? What makes a representation “true”? Can words claim legitimacy that images may not, or vice-versa? What do makers of representations owe their viewers/readers? Word & Image introduces students to problems and questions associated with the nature, form, and circulation of images from Plato to the present. The course is divided into four sections. The first questions the ability of images and text to convey truth and justice, with a special focus on what we call “documentary” images. The second considers historical and contemporary problems in the representation of the sacred and the use of images and objects in worship and devotion. The third section explores the rise of modern ways of subjective seeing and representing, with a particular emphasis on the traveler. Finally, we will turn our attention to comics and film, considering contemporary representation in light of course questions about truth telling and subjectivity. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 215: The Christian Tradition

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 215: The Christian Tradition 3 Credits Section A: TR 8:30-9:45 am - Professor Puffer Section B: TR 10:30-11:45 am - Professor Puffer Section C: TR 1:30-2:45 am - Professor Rittgers Fulfills theology 200 requirement, and WIC (writing intensive course) requirement. This course introduces students to central developments in the history of Christianity and to diverse forms of Christianity today. It also explores the nature and purpose of Christian theology and encourages students to reflect more deeply on their own religious convictions and questions. The course focuses on the close reading and discussion of primary texts in the Christian intellectual and spiritual tradition. Readings include selections from the Bible and the writings of various classical theologians, such as St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as contemporary theologians from a variety of Christian traditions and perspectives. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 255: Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 255: Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society Fulfills 3 credits of social sciences requirement. 3 Credits Section A: MWF 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. - Professor Prough Section B: MWF 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. - Professor Prough Continuing the important questions addressed in the First-Year Program--what it means to be human--this course examines the ways that human beings are deeply social creatures that both make and are made by their communities. The class points to the questions of good life and good society--questions that people share regardless of their cultural background and context--but also looks at various ways in which specific cultures answer those questions. The course will draw its theoretical emphases from major figures in the human sciences including Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Max Weber, Clifford Geertz, and Michel Foucault. The social thinkers that we study in this course each posit theories and methods for examining the relationship between individuals and their society. We start with the assumption that we are not isolated individuals; our opportunities and even our very identities are shaped by a social environment that we help create.  Thus, we shape our society and in turn our society shapes us.   We end the course by being social theorists ourselves, applying the tools of social analysis that we have honed all semester to contemporary issues of importance in the 21st century--this year, new media and technology. Thus, this class helps students learn how to move from the kinds of big ideas we discuss in our CC classes to critical analysis of the contemporary social events they read about in the news; it is a process of translation for engagement in the contemporary world.  In addition to weekly discussion, and small…

CC 300 AX: US History and Culture of Suburbia

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 AX: US History and Culture of Suburbia 3 Credits - Cross-listed with ART 390 X and HIST 492 AX MWF 11:30-12:20 pm - Professor Buggeln In the second half of the 19th century, Americans increasingly moved to the space between city and country—close to urban employment and other advantages, but in quieter, greener places especially geared to family life. After WWII, the suburbs absolutely boomed, and they continue to be a central feature of America’s landscape and culture. Pointed criticisms of suburban life abound: it is boring, homogenous, racist, materialistic, sheltered, and soulless. Yet many Americans have chosen to live in these places, and still do. This course takes a historical look at the American suburb, mid 19th century to the present, from the perspective of the built environment. How have designers and residents literally made these places? What ideas have shaped the design of houses, green spaces, schools, churches—even doctors “parks”? What infrastructure has made suburban life possible? What barriers have kept some people out? We’ll look closely at regional examples such as Greendale, Wisconsin; Riverside and Park Forest, Illinois; as well as more recent suburban developments in Valparaiso. As we study the historical and material development of American suburbs, we will be attentive to ways both champions and critics have represented the suburbs in popular culture. Using literature, art, photography, music, film and television, we will consider how representations of suburbia have shaped its appeal, celebrated its accomplishments, and drawn attention to its faults. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 300 BX: Memories of Nazism in Literature and Film: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 BX: Memories of Nazism in Literature and Film: A Cross-Cultural Comparison 3 Credits - Cross-listed with GER 300 MWF 12:30-1:20 pm - Professor Malchow Fulfills cultural diversity requirement. How people remember the past influences how they understand themselves and behave in the future. In this course, we will compare the diverse ways that German speakers have represented the Nazi past in prose, drama, and film with those more familiar to Americans. Students will also learn about the interdisciplinary field of memory studies and apply some of its insights to this comparison. Representations of Nazism from various eras and contexts demonstrate not only that speakers of German and English have tended to remember differently, but also that within a nation-state, cultural memory changes across time. We will examine the divergent forms of public memory in East and West Germany during the Cold War and the resurgent emphasis on German wartime suffering since Germany’s unification in 1990, asking what role ideologies play in how memories are represented. We will also explore criticisms of American texts and movies about Nazis and the Holocaust, as well as the tendency in the U.S. on both the left and the right to invoke the Holocaust as an analogy for rhetorical purposes. We will consider when comparisons to Nazism are valid and what ethical problems they pose. Students will read, view, and discuss works by an international array of award-winning authors and directors of the past seventy years. Assignments include short papers, class presentations, an interpretive paper involving research, and a final exam. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read…

CC 300 CX: Cross-Cultural Engagement in English Studies (Performing Arab)

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 CX: Cross-Cultural Engagement in English Studies (Performing Arab) 3 Credits - Cross-listed with ENGL 360 AX MWF 1:30-2:20 pm - Professor Potter Fulfills cultural diversity requirement. This course examines multiple contested and overlapping traditions in how Arab identity is performed and represented on contemporary stages and screens. These representations will be drawn from works from the Middle East, the Arab diaspora, Orientalist representations, and sympathetic non-Arab representations. Through these works, we will examine the goals and challenges of such representations, questions of what it means to represent ourselves and others to diverse populations, and the ways in which cultural forces affect our artistic interpretations. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 300 DX: Global Humanitarianism Examined

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 DX: Global Humanitarianism Examined 3 Credits - Cross-listed with INTL 320 AX MW 3:30-4:45 pm - Professor Schaefer This class examines the connection between intergovernmental agencies and the nonprofit sector—humanitarian aid—in historical perspective. Its reach is global.  Much criticism has been leveled against relief aid, development aid, missionary efforts, and, in certain circles, even human rights agencies.  These criticisms along with endorsements for each effort will be examined.  The format of the seminar will begin by reading a book representative of a form of humanitarian aid in order to comprehend the issues both historical and contemporary.  Then two to three cases studies will be assessed pertaining to that form of humanitarian aid in order to evaluate their success(es) and failure(s); these cases will be drawn from musty-archives to the Internet.  For example, why was Norman Borlaug’s “Green Revolution” a transformative success in Asia, yet his Sawakawa program to increase agricultural yields in Africa such a dismal failure?  The intent of the seminar is to leave students aware of the pitfalls associated with the history of humanitarian aid, but resolute in their determination to improve the world wisely and considerately. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 300 EVX: Inside/Out

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 EVX: Inside/Out 3 Credits - Cross-listed with PSY 380 X M 5:00-8:00 pm - Professor Puffer This Inside-Out Prison Exchange course brings together students from Valparaiso University and residents of a local correctional facility to engage in meaningful dialogue about philosophy, justice, the criminal justice system, imprisonment, and human behavior. It is an opportunity for all participants to gain a deeper understanding of these topics from both theoretical and practical perspectives. "Inside" and "outside" students will work together, share ideas and perceptions, and learn from one another over the course of the semester. The course is limited to juniors and seniors. Inclusion in the course requires completion of an application and interview, and consent of the instructors. Requisite Courses: Junior or Senior Standing Required [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 300 FX: Religion and Politics in Eastern Europe

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 FX: Religion and Politics in Eastern Europe 3 Credits - Cross-listed with THEO 339 AX TR 8:30-9:45 am - Professor Denysenko Fulfills upper-level THEO requirement. This course examines the complicated dynamics of religion and politics in Eastern Europe. Problematic issues such as nationalism, antisemitism, persecution of religious minorities, state-sanctioned violence in the name of religion and/or political ideology, controversial legislation, and violations of human rights are among the central topics for discussion and analysis. Regionally, the course surveys case studies in countries and regions such as Russia, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, and Central Asia among others. A survey of significant historical antecedents foregrounds the course schedule. Students are introduced to transhistorical issues such as Byzantine symphonia, Russian ideological conceptualizations of autocracy and Orthodoxy, the Ottoman millet system, and the legacy of significant historical events in shaping religious polices. The schedule continues by analyzing the intersection of religion and politics through case studies during the period of imperial collapse, the rise of the nation-state, the Soviet interlude, and the search for identity in the post-Soviet era. Information literacy is a unique learning objective of this course, especially with regards to some of the most recent controversial cases involving accusations of state interference in religious policy, and the assignment of ownership of community properties. The course is conducted as a seminar discussion. Assessments include exams, and a research paper and presentation. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 300 G: The End of the World

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 G: The End of the World 3 Credits  TR 1:30-2:45 pm - Professor Western Humanity now has the power to destroy ourselves – and not just ourselves but all life on Earth - in ways both unprecedented and terrifying. We live under the loom of an ecological crisis that’s potentially apocalyptic in scope and the product of human handiwork. We hunker before the threat of nuclear annihilation and have done so for generations, since the creation of the first atomic bomb. With the expansion of trade, travel, and globalization in general we face fast-spreading and rapidly-evolving diseases. While it might seem like science fiction, there are thinkers who seriously ponder whether our own robotic creations will surpass and replace us in the future. Has there ever been a moment when humanity has faced so many existential threats of our own making? This course begins with the notion that such existential threats can be seen as ‘karmic reckonings’ – by which we’ll mean simply the consequences of humanity’s own character, cultures and actions – and then investigates what it is about our character, cultures or actions that lead to such threats. Put another way, this course poses the question, “to avoid existential threats of humanity’s own creation, what aspects of contemporary human behavior should we look to change?” For the sake of focus the course will linger on current ecological crises – for example, climate change, species extinction, deforestation, sea level rise – investigating both the facts of ecological crises and human behaviors that may account for them. But students can anticipate some space to explore other deep threats they may find interesting. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other…

CC 300 HX: Human Nature

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 HX: Human Nature 3 Credits - Cross-listed with PHIL 290 TR 3:00-4:15 pm - Professor Woodward Many people have an intuitive sense of what “human nature” is. Sometimes they appeal to their intuitions as a way excusing behavior (“It’s human nature to want to win” or “it’s in our nature to sin”), and sometimes as a way of condemning behavior (“Terrorism is inhuman” or “if she had an ounce of humanity, she would apologize”). What do people mean when they make claims like these? Questions about human nature are relevant to many contemporary ethical controversies. Is technology altering our human nature, and if so, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Do human beings exhibit a special moral status (such as dignity or sanctity) in virtue of their nature, and in contrast to non-human animals? Are some sexual behaviors more or less ‘natural’, and would that tell us whether we should engage in them? Is there really such a thing as human nature? If so, how do we determine what it is? If not, where does this leave us? In our attempt to answer these questions, we will survey: (1) The Teleologists: Classical thinkers such as Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas who believe that human nature is an ideal to which we must aspire (even if nobody actually meets that ideal); (2) The Mechanists: Modern, scientific thinkers such as Thomas Hobbes and Steven Pinker who believe that human nature can be discovered by scientists, since humans are just biological machines; (3) The Existentialists: Recent, radical thinkers such as Simone de Beauvoir and Soren Kierkegaard who believe that human nature is a blank canvas on which each of us must paint a life. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"]…

CC 300 SAX: The London Stage

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 300 SAX: The London Stage 3 Credits - Cross-listed with THTR 390SA3 Spring Break, 2020 - Professor Orchard This 3-hour seminar is CC 300 SBX The London Stage--and it will include excursions to Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery, The British Museum, and Stratford-Upon-Avon; tours of the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, and Westminster Abbey; and tickets to 10 plays and musicals performing at a wide variety of theatres throughout Greater London. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 325 A: Alternative Cultures of Health in America

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 325 A: Alternative Cultures of Health in America 3 Credits  TR 1:30-2:45 pm - Professor Howard Fulfills cultural diversity requirement. This course will examine alternative cultures of medicine in the United States, predominantly in late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will investigate diverse traditions specific to three groups: African-Americans, American Indians, and immigrants. Minority cultures within a dominant culture shaped their own views of the body, institutions devoted to its care, ideals of health, and relations among humans and the natural world. The distinctiveness of each culture is salient during this period, when the scope of professional, Western medicine expanded over a greater breadth of Americans’ lives. Approaches offered by these communities both have helped to shape mainstream medicine and also have offered critiques to it. Students will write and present a substantial research paper. [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="3"] [cws_well size=""] Other Spring Semester Courses [cws_post_index site="67" post_type="post" category="spring-semester-courses" tag="" max="-1" offset="" order_by="name" order="ASC" word_limit="150" ending="..." more="false" label="Read More" target="false" render="list" parent="default" ] [/cws_well]   [/cws_column][/cws_row]

CC 325 B: Theology and Ecology

[cws_row] [cws_column xs="3"] For CC Students Advising Courses Student Research Student Support and Awards Student Advisory Board [/cws_column] [cws_column xs="6"] CC 325 B: Theology and Ecology 3 Credits  TR 3:00-4:15 pm - Professor Smith Fulfills upper-level theology requirement. All of us live on earth, but there are alarming signs that we are not living well. Climate change. Ozone depletion. Deforestation. Poisoned waterways. Hypoxic zones. Soil erosion. We are in the midst of a crisis that is not merely environmental, as though the problems existed solely within the environment in which humans happen to live. Rather the problem is ecological, since everything on earth exists in a complex web of interdependence. This means that the crisis is also one of human culture. Until fairly recently, human societies were closely involved with agriculture and were thus guided to varying degrees by an agrarian ethic that enabled humankind to live in ecological balance with the land that sustains us. As a result of globalization and industrialization, however, agrarian communities and their characteristic virtues have faded nearly out of existence. Today, the vast majority of urban and suburban dwellers not only contribute to the ill health of the planet, but we lack a coherent and compelling vision for how we might live differently. Some have argued that a Christian anthropocentric worldview is to blame for this catastrophe, while others insist that the Christian tradition possesses a wealth of theological resources that can in fact help us better care for the earth. This course engages with a variety of approaches—philosophy, literature, theology, ethics, biblical studies, conservationism—to better help us understand and respond to the present ecological crisis. Assignments include an interdisciplinary research paper (12-18 pp). Major readings will include: Bauckham, Living with Other Creatures; Berry, Remembering: A Novel; Berry, The Art of the Commonplace; Bouma-Prediger,…