INQS 125 Reimagining the Other – Explore cultural encounters between Spaniards and natives in the Americas and the subsequent (mis)representations of indigenous others in the writings and art of the colonial period. Focus on conquest and colonization as an on-going process. Study the ways in which native peoples strive to preserve remnants of their culture. Sources include film, art, travel narratives, historical accounts, critical essays, and literature. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Terrorists – Description coming soon
INQS 125 What is Good Citizenship? - What is a Good Citizen? Explores ideas about and commitments to citizenship. Is being a good citizen more than the occasional paying of taxes and casting of ballots? Has the concept of citizenship changed over time? Are the duties, obligations and privileges of US citizenship peculiar to its borders? Has technology undermined nationalism and dissolved borders? This class will consider these questions and more as well as outline many forms of civic engagement taking insights from philosophy, political activism and history. Using literature, film, and classroom debate, students will be challenged to create their own critical assessments and agendas for wider community engagement. 4 credits.
INQS 125 History of Mexican Immigration to the US – An introduction to the nature of U.S. cultural, political, and economic relationships with Mexicans and Mexican Americans via an exploration of Mexican immigration to the U.S. Examine both the historical context of this process, as well as contemporary issues surrounding the immigration debate. Explore the historical importance of Mexican imigrants to the U.S. economic and political system, as well as the role Mexican immigrants have played in the shaping of U.S. cultural identity. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Rock'n'Roll - Say rock’n’roll, and people think of songs, bands, or artists. Rock’n’roll is also about politics, society, and ways of living. Rock’n’roll shows people how to talk, dress, and interact with others and the world. Rock’n’roll showcases free expression, youth culture, and civil disobedience. Rock’n’roll is also a multi-billion dollar industry that manifests cultural conformity and economic dominance. This class examines rock’n’roll as music, expression, and cultural subversion, and explores how rock’n’roll products drive the engines of commerce. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Game Theory in Popular Culture – An investigation of game theory through film, television, and fiction. This course explores ideas such as perfect information, prisoner’s dilemma, and volunteer’s dilemma. Students will learn the basic mathematical underpinnings of game theory and then apply these concepts to societal questions of conflict and cooperation. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Globetrotters – Explore a variety of ways that people encounter, and experience, other cultures: in their own families, through study abroad, international travel, immigration/emigration, pioneering, business, love, etc. Course materials include readings of travel writings, journal articles, a historical novel, and other written texts; oral histories (including family interviews), video and audio materials, and international guests. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Language Matters – A historical study of the American English language and examination of the influence of other languages (e.g. German and Spanish) on the development of the American idiom as well as the role of dialects (especially rural folk speech) and slang (group-centered informal speech) in constant linguistic renewal. The course’s main text is a non-traditional, informal history of the United States as seen through a linguistic lens, illuminated musically through introduction of American folk songs, the texts of which often shed important light on our social and linguistic past. 4 credits.
INQS 125 The Genius of East Asia: An Introduction to the Cultures of China, Korea and Japan – An introduction to the philosophical foundations of East Asian culture and examination of the cultural highlights of the three major civilizations in East Asia: China, Korea and Japan. Examine the visual arts, music and literature of these three civilizations through readings and electronic media. All works will be read in English translation and no background in an Asian language is required. 4 credits.
INQS 125 What to Listen to in the World – Music is the product and expression of all humanity. Is all sound music? Why should we listen to music? How should we listen to music? Where is music performed and for what reasons? What impacts our listening choices? Who makes music and who should support the creation of music and why? What effect does music have on us as we listen? How do other cultures of the world perceive, produce, and organize music and how are their listening choices similar to and different from ours and why? How does music connect us with our friends, family, and the rest of the world? In this Inquiry Seminar, we will explore the sounds and music of our own culture and others in the world. Regardless of a student’s music background, this INQS will help to develop a music vocabulary to understand and to convey in both writing and speaking the various properties of music and its impact on diverse cultures of the world. Through thoughtful research and contemplation, students will consider and discuss the human response to music from physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual directions. Through engaged inquiry, students will draw conclusions about the value music has for the connection of people within their own and other cultures. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Ethics of Consumerism - Description coming soon
INQS 125 Dead Sea Scrolls – This course will introduce the student to the discovery, content, historical and religious context of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Topics to be explored will be what the Scrolls tell us about Second Temple Judaism and the origins of Christianity. Through lecture, discussion and writing we will enter into the debate about what the Scrolls reveal about the history of the biblical text, what the Qumran community was, and the current status of making the scrolls available to the general public. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Meditation: From Monks to Modern Times – What is meditation? How does it affect the brain, behavior and general well being? And how can we know? Increasingly, techniques for cultivating mindfulness drawn from Buddhism and other religious traditions are being studied scientifically and applied in many different contexts, from prisons to schools and hospitals. Focusing primarily on the study of Buddhist techniques, explore the topic of meditation, its apparent effects on the brain, and the various contexts in which its practice has entered the mainstream of our modern, globalized culture. Methods of analysis drawn from the academic study of religion, anthropology, history, neuropsychology and philosophy. Experiential learning through guided and individual practice of meditation. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Women's Voices: Demanding the Vote – Explore why and how individuals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries created new opportunities for women to speak in public, forged the Woman Suffrage Movement, and campaigned for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees women the right to vote. Studies will include an investigation of the life, work and speeches of Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Abigail Scott Duniway, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Mary Church Terrell, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, and others. 4 credits.
INQS 125 The Tragic Side of Life – What is specifically tragic about a tragedy? How is “tragic” different from “very sad”or “dramatic”? Through discussion of the ascreption of the name “tragedy” to several plays, from “Oedipus Tyrannus” to “Exit the King,” students will speculate about what they have to say about suffering, transcendence and fate, as well as society and gender, and more generally, about human self-understanding. Students will also explore the presence of a tragic dimension in other creative venues. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Multicultural America – Develop a deeper understanding about the complexity of both the concept of pluralism and multi-culturalism and how this concept impacts our lives (personally, professionally, ideologically and socio-politically) in contemporary America and beyond. Define the term multiculturalism means, and negotiate the internal meaning of the term within the context of our own geographical, sociological, economic and political frameworks. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Demons in Our Midst: The Dead and the Un-Dead: The Rise of the Literary Vampire from Folklore to Stoker – Study the evidence presented in folklore descriptions of the dead who were assumed to be Vampires (Paul Barber’s Vampires, Burial and Death). Trace the evolution of that folklore creature (transformed from a corpse into an elegant and dangerous near-immortal) through several Romantic and Victorian incarnations (Polidori’s Vampyr, LeFanu’s Carmilla, Stoker’s Dracula). Consider the rise of this figure in the enlightened West and our continued fascination with its descendants. 4 credits.
INQS Complementary Healing Methods - In the United States, there is an increasing use of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) techniques in the treatment of various illnesses in the United States. Some of these methods have their origins in other cultures. Examine the efficacy of complementary healing methods with a focus on the effects of intercessory prayer, humor, and animals in the treatment of illness in Western culture, and explore healing methods used in other cultures around the world. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Living Well, Living Long – An investigation of factors that contribute to longevity, with emphasis on culture, lifestyle, and spiritual influences. Examines personal lifestyle choices and behavior change theory as they relate to health and well being in the present and for the future. 4 credits.
INQS 125 Nuclear Society – Nuclear technologies are ubiquitous, and they influence energy policies, foreign policies, religious debates, pop culture, and contemporary medicine. An understanding of the underlying science and history of nuclear technology is useful for framing the complex nature of nuclear science into an informed context. From the discovery of radioactivity, the creation of the atomic bomb, the development of nuclear power and other modern nuclear technologies, students will explore the fundamentals of nuclear science and investigate its societal impact. 4 credits.
INQS 125 The American Experiment – The United States is an experiment which has lasted over 230 years. As the citizens and innovators of this experiment, American men and women have attempted to rethink and reshape every aspect of human experience. In this course, we will read some of the most influential texts produced by our relatively young nation, in its ongoing effort to define itself and its role in the larger world. We will ask questions about our understandings of nationality, citizenship, labor, leisure, nature, and the self, and we will examine some of the key concepts and ideals that have thus far defined American national identity. 4 credits.