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EDST0210

Sophomore Seminar/Liberal Arts

Sophomore Seminar in the Liberal Arts
This course is designed for sophomores who are interested in exploring the meaning and the purpose of a liberal arts education. To frame this investigation, we will use the question "What is the good life and how shall I live it?" Through an interdisciplinary and multicultural array of readings and films we will engage our course question through intellectual discussion, written reflection, and personal practice. There will be significant opportunities for public speaking and oral presentation, as well as regular writing assignments, including a formal poster presentation. Readings will include reflections on a liberal arts education in the U.S. (Emerson, Brann, Nussbaum, Oakeshott, Ladsen-Billings, bell hooks); on "the good life" (excerpts from Aristotle, sacred texts of different traditions); on social science analyses of contemporary life; texts on the neuroscience of happiness; as well as literary and cinematic representations of lives well-lived.
Subject:
Education Studies
Department:
Education Studies
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP
Equivalent Courses:
INTD0210 *

Sections

Spring 2015

EDST0210A-S15 Seminar

Fall 2014

EDST0210A-F14 Seminar (Evans)
EDST0210B-F14 Seminar (Miller-Lane)

Spring 2014

EDST0210A-S14 Seminar (Miller-Lane)
EDST0210B-S14 Seminar (Zupan)