Integrated Studies Courses Summer / Fall 2011
Please contact Mark Olson if you have questions or need help registering (801.863.5888)
IS 300R | Topics | Law and Literature
Tues/Thurs 10:30-1:15 am
Taught by Dr. Alan Clarke
This is an interdisciplinary study of law and literature from social, political, philosophical and literary perspectives. We will read, discuss and write about classic legally themed literary works like, Sophocles Antigone, Melville’s Billy Budd, Abbott’s In the Belly of the Beast, as well as scholarly writings about the connections between law and literature, such as Nussbaum’s, The Poetics of Law and White’s Heracles Bow. This is a reading and writing intensive course.
- In the Belly of the Beast by Jack Henry Abbott
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- Poetic Justice by Martha Nussbaum
- Apology, Crito, and Phaedo by Plato
- Antigone by Sophocles
- Billy Budd by Herman Melville
IS 300R 001 | International Human Rights Law
Tues/Thurs 10 am-11:15 am
Taught by Dr. Alan Clarke
This is an interdisciplinary study of the intersection of human rights with international criminal law focusing on genocide, crimes against humanity, wars of aggression, and torture. It is a reading and writing intensive course. The reading will be at high level for undergraduates and will include extensive study of law review literature, study of treaties and international case law.
IS 300R 002 | Death and Dying
Tues/Thurs 2:30 pm-3:45 pm
Taught by Nancy Rushforth and Reba Keele
This course in Death Education fills requirements for both Integrated Studies and Community Health. Together we will examine information and data pertaining to death in the United States and globally, causes of death, definitions, stages of dying, bereavement and legal and ethical issues such as euthanasia and suicide. We will focus on attitudes and values of Americans concerning death and study ways in which to work with and relate to the dying.
Death, Society and the Human Experience
Robert J Kastenbaum 10 ed.
Allyn and Bacon
IS 300R 003 | Self and Other
Tues/Thurs 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Cross-Listed Course Taught by Alex Caldiero and Wayne Hanewicz
This course examines the relationship between the notions of “Self” and “Other” from the perspectives of psychological theory, psychoanalysis, literature, art, music, poetry, religion, and philosophy. We will pay particular attention to the psychological, social and political consequences of distinguishing between oneself and another, including the emergence of asylums, immigration policies, religious and spiritual environments, and other ways in which the “other” is defined and understood. In addition, we will examine how this distinction is integral to the nature of human discourse. We will study the work of Jung, Buber, Heidegger, Foucault, Antonin Artaud, and R.D. Laing, and we will draw from phenomenology, the Dhammapada, and the Old Testament, among others. Relying on lecture, media, and class dialogue, we will use our time together as itself a subject of our inquiry into how “self” and “other” emerge from and dialogue with each other.
IS 350R | Barbed Wire
Taught by Dr. Scott Abbott
The advent of barbed wire, invented simultaneously by three residents of De Kalb, Illinois in 1874, generated immediate conflict. Given the cost and scarcity of lumber and stone and the huge expanses awaiting fencing in the West, barbed wire was a heralded invention. Like other fences, it promised to control wayward animals, to create order out of chaos through physical separation. But the new fence did so by pricking and cutting animals that came too close. Early barbed wire was so effective in that regard that manufacturers and advertisers were quickly forced to modify both the physical form and the image of barbed wire. And here lay a major problem for the advertiser: how does one promote a dangerous fence (because if it’s not dangerous, it doesn’t work) and a non-dangerous fence (because if it injures stock, it works badly) in the same image? This interdisciplinary course will examine the manner in which late-nineteenth-century manufacturers constructed multiple and contradictory meanings for barbed wire in their advertising. It will investigate he ways barbed wire came to be used in warfare and especially in the Holocaust. And it will analyze twentieth-century depictions of barbed wire in fiction.
Texts to be used in this course:
Henry D. & Frances T. McCallum, The Wire that Fenced the West, U. of Oklahoma Press, paperback.
Annie Proulx, Close Range: Wyoming Stories, Scribner, paperback.
IS 350R 601 | The Evolution of Language
M 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Taught by Dr. Mark Jeffreys
Few traits are more definitively human than our capacity for language. The 19th-century obsession with the origins of languages profoundly influenced the early development of both evolutionary biology and anthropology, yet after generations of research we still have no consensus understanding of how human language evolved. This course takes a biocultural approach to the problem, using the most recent research findings from multiple disciplines.
The Evolution of Language by W. Tecumseh Fitch. Cambridge UP 2010.
IS 4980 | Integrated Studies Capstone I
IS 4980 A01 (9 May-24 June)
IS 4980 001
IS 4990 | Integrated Studies Capstone II
1st block Summer 2011 / FALL 2011
(see advisor - multiple sections available)