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New Spring 2016 Courses

ENGL 2123: Rhetoric of Visuals and Infographics

This new core course taught by Dr. Henschel and offered under Communication, Inquiry and Creativity, provides a theoretical and practical inquiry into visual rhetoric and infographics, the visual display of information.

 

ENGL 4543: Film Narration—Tempest

This interdisciplinary course offered by Dr. Fields features six film adaptations of the same play, Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Students watch these films in class and discuss how each adaptation offers a different take on the play’s most important characters and themes. The differences offer unique points of departure for engaging the original story at a deeper level. For comparison purposes, Moffett Library will show movie versions of three Shakespeare plays other than The Tempest.

 

PHIL 2053: Environmental Philosophy

Dr. Schultz’s new course will provide an introduction to the philosophy of nature and ethical issues pertaining to human beings' relationship to the Earth. Different conceptions of nature will be explored along with seminal texts that have shaped the field of environmental philosophy. A variety of pressing ethical issues will be discussed, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and destruction of wildlife habitats. The course will be guided by the fundamental questions, "What is our relationship to nature, and what is our moral responsibility to the Earth's present and future inhabitants?"

 

HUMN 3073: Animals in Culture

Dr. Lodge will take an interdisciplinary approach to the cultural history of animals, which is part of the new and rapidly growing discipline of Animal Studies. Students will examine ways in which animals have been perceived in the West from antiquity to the present through a study of history, philosophy, literature, and the arts. Discussion questions include: How and why has our view of animals has changed over the centuries? What distinguishes humans from other animals? What ethical obligations do we have toward animals? How do different representations of animals relate to the historical, philosophical, and cultural backgrounds of different time periods? 

 

MWSU 4433: The Gilded Age

The term “Gilded Age” refers to a period in United States history from approximately 1870 to 1910. This era witnessed (1) rapid industrialization, urbanization, and economic growth fueled in large part by the second great wave of immigration; (2) significant and wide-ranging cultural, political, social, economic, and technological changes; (3) massive inequality in income and wealth; and (4) the proliferation of radical political ideas coupled with a burgeoning sense of revolutionary fervor among the working classes. This course examines the Gilded Age from three distinct but related vantages: the economic (Dr. John Martinez), the literary and cultural (Dr. Giles), and the political (Dr. Jun).

 

PHIL 2823: Philosophy of Sex, Love, and Friendship

Dr. Jun’s new course provides an introduction to the philosophy of sex, love, and friendship from both a theoretical and historical perspective. Particular topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the existence and nature of love, the complexities of human sexuality, and the ideal and practical realities of friendship.