Courses

Christ College Courses, Fall 2018

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CC 110: Texts And Contexts I
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...
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CC 201A: Christ College Symposium
The Christ College Symposium is a premier co-curricular program of presentations and talks 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...
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CC 205: Word And Image (Humanities: Fine Arts Requirement)
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....
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CC 215: The Christian Tradition (THEO 200 And WIC Course)
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...
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CC 255: Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society (Social Science Requirement)
Continuing the important questions addressed in the Freshman 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—...
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CC 300 B: Peace And Social Justice
In this course you can expect to read words from figured like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Cornell West and Donald J....
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CC 300 CX: Women, Violence And Power: Sacred Texts And Modern Conversations (THEO 300)
This course sets contemporary discussions about gender-based violence, misogyny, gender inequality, and rape culture alongside older conversations about women, violence, and power that we find in the sacred texts and interpretive traditions of Judaism, Christianity and...
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CC 300 EX: Troubling Signs: Post-Modern Literature And Theory
In "Troubling Signs," we will enter the post-modern labyrinth of non-linear narratives, unstable signifiers, and unreliable...
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CC 300 GX: History And Systems Of Psychology
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...
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CC 300 DX: Mass Media And The U.S. Presidency
William McKinley won the 1896 presidential campaign without ever leaving his home. Crowds came to Canton, Ohio, and he stood on his front porch and delivered carefully crafted speeches. But there were signs America was changing: McKinley’s campaign spent unprecedented millions on media and...
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CC 300 HX: Ancient And Medieval Philosophy
An introduction to the most important philosophers and philosophies of the ancient and medieval worlds, from the Pre-Socratics through William of Occam.  The course focuses on Plato and Aristotle, and the reception of their thought by Jewish, Islamic and especially Christian thinkers such as...
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CC 300 IX: Social Gospel In American Life
Over the course of the last two centuries a diverse assortment of American believers came to see participation in fights against structural inequality as an essential aspect of being Christian in the modern world. In this class we will explore the intuitions, assumptions, ideas, and practices at...
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CC 325 A: American Consumer Culture
One of the defining features of American culture is rampant consumerism. How did America come to be this way, and how should we think about it? In this course, we will first review the historical development of American consumer culture, from the country store, to the mall, to the...
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CC 300 EVAX: Creation Narratives (THEO 300)
We will compare and contrast the creation accounts of seven cultures. ...
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CC 325 B: African American Literature (Cultural Diversity)
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...
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CC 325 C: Encountering Others: Difference At Home & Abroad (Cultural Diversity)
In this course we will think about the variety of ways that we humans have encountered people who are different than us. Through interdisciplinary readings from around the globe, both historical and contemporary, we will analyze ways to navigate cultural, economic, and religious differences....
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CC 455 A: Inquiry In The Liberal Arts
The “TA Course” provides selected CC seniors a unique opportunity for both teaching and...
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CC 499: Christ College Senior Colloquium
Christ College Senior Colloquium provides a capstone, integrative experience for Christ College Associates and Scholars. Registration is restricted to Dec 2018 or May or Aug 2019...
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Christ College Courses, Spring 2018

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CC 115: Texts And Contexts II
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....
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CC 201 A: Christ College Symposium
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 one Speaker Series Symposium and one Fireside Symposium per...
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CC 205: Word And Image
Word & Image introduces students to problems and questions associated with the nature, form, and circulation of images from Plato to the...
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CC 215: The Christian Tradition
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....
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CC 255: Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society
Continuing the important questions addressed in the Freshman 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...
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CC 300 CX: The Scientific Endeavor
The course objective is to help us better understand the character, scope, and limitations of the scientific endeavor. Readings, discussions, and writing assignments will help us move beyond simplistic notions of the "scientific method" which often do not resemble the way science actually...
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CC 300 HX: Who’s My Neighbor?: Social Responsibility In An Unjust World
In 1963, immediately before MLK, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Rabbi Joachim Prinz spoke, saying in part, “Neighbor is not a geographic term. It is a moral concept.” And it’s true: how you answer the question—who’s my neighbor?—matters because the answer will determine...
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CC 300 FX: Science And Literature
In this class, we will examine how novelists, poets, and playwrights have interacted with science in their artistic works, from the bioethical cautionary tales of Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake) and Kazuo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go), to the interrogations of consciousness by Philip K. Dick (Do...
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CC 300 EX: Studies In Classical Drama
This course introduces ancient Greek drama (and its Roman adaptations) as a series of culturally significant performances which reflect and provoke questions about the fundamental assumptions (social, religious, political, ethical) of its...
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CC 300 DX: Literary Approaches To The Bible
In this course, students will be introduced to various strategies for the literary reading and interpretation of biblical texts. The class will engage diverse literary genres from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and consider the biblical writers’ creative deployment of poetic forms,...
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CC 300 BX: Urban Japan
This seminar on the road will focus on urban life in Japan in both the past and present. The bulk of the class will be a 10 day trip to Kyoto/Tokyo during spring break, where we will experience and think together about history and culture, space and place, in contemporary Japan....
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CC 300 SAX: Topics In Abrahamic Religions: Encounters In The Holy Land
There is a fundamental difference between two groups who study the Bible: those who have been to the Holy Land and those who have not. Having been there offers an incomparable advantage in understanding biblical texts from both testaments of the Christian...
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CC 300 KX: Spiritual Friendship
This seminar explores the idea of “spiritual friendship” in order to better understand how past and current cultures form communities, view individuals’ roles, negotiate institutions of power, handle societal expectations between male friendship and women, and ultimately, how societies...
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CC 300 JX: Asian Philosophy
This course provides a general introduction to some of the major philosophical traditions of Asia - Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism - through a close reading of texts and common discussion....
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CC 325 D: Love & Marriage In Modern America
First comes love, then comes marriage, as the children’s rhyme goes: in the United States marriage has figured not only as a private good but as a public institution and social norm....
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CC 325 EV AX: Christian Theology And The Moral Life: Augustine
Christian moral theology involves careful attention to a series of questions often considered so basic or self-evident that their answers are taken for granted. Questions such as: Who am I? Where am I, where did I come from, and how did I get here? Where am I going, and how will I get there?...
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CC 300 GX: Lost In Translation, Film Adaptions Of French Literature
This course will survey masterpieces of French literature, coupled with analyses of film adaptations of these same works by both French and American filmmakers....
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CC 300 IX: American Utopias
In this course we will immerse ourselves (both literally and metaphorically) in real life American utopias....
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CC 325 C: Dystopia & Reform: Religion In Contemporary Science Fiction & Fantasy
In polite company, one is not supposed to discuss religion, sex, or politics. In this class we will discuss all three (through the lens of the first) while reading some spectacular speculative fiction....
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CC 325 EVB: Religion, Nationalism, Populism
Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, Trump and Sanders, Turkey's president Erdoğan and Bolivia's Morales, Greek Syrizaand Spanish Podemos...Populist politicians and movements seem to be on the rise all over the globe....
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CC 499: Christ College Senior Colloquium
Christ College Senior Colloquium provides a capstone, integrative experience for Christ College Associates and Scholars....
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