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Course Number: INQS-125

Course Description: INQS 125 01 The Tragic Side of Life - What isspecifically tragic about a tragedy How is"tragic" different from "very sad" or "dramatic" Through discussion of the ascriptionof the name "tragedy" to several plays, from"Oedipus Tyrannus" to "Exit the King," studentswill speculate about what they have to say aboutsuffering, transcendence and fate, as well associety and gender, and more generally, abouthuman self-understanding. Students will alsoexplore the presence of a tragic dimension inother creative venues. 4 credits.

INQS 125 02 Multicultural America - Studentswill develop a deeper understanding of both theconcept of pluralism and multi-culturalism andthe impact these ideas have on our lives. Definethe term multiculturalism, and negotiate itsmeaning within the context of our owngeographical, sociological, economic, andpolitical frameworks. 4 credits.

INQS 125 03 Meditation: From Monks to ModernTimes - What is meditation How does it affectthe brain, behavior, and general well being Andhow can we know Increasingly, techniques forcultivating mindfulness drawn from Buddhism andother religious traditions are being studiedscientifically and applied in many differentcontexts. Focusing primarily on the study ofBuddhist techniques, students will explore thetopic of meditation, its ap-parent effects on thebrain, and the various contexts in which itspractice has entered the mainstream of ourmodern, globalized culture. 4 credits.

INQS 125 04 Living Well, Living Long -Students will investigate factors contributing tolongevity, with an emphasis on culture,lifestyle, and spiritual influences. Examinepersonal lifestyle choices and behavior changetheory as they relate to health and well being inthe present and for the future. 4 credits.

INQS 125 05 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 peoplehow to talk, dress, and interact with others andthe world. Rock 'n' roll showcases freeexpression, youth culture, and civildisobedience. Rock 'n' roll is also amulti-billion dollar industry that mani-festscultural conformity and economic dominance. Thisclass examines rock 'n' roll as music,expression, and cultural subver-sion, andexplores how rock'n'roll products drive theengines of commerce. 4 credits.

INQS 125 06 The Genius of East Asia: AnIntroduction to the Cultures of China, Korea andJapan - An introduction to the philosophicalfoundations of East Asian culture and examinesthe cultural highlights of the three majorcivilizations in East Asia: China, Korea andJapan. Examine the visual arts, music andlitera-ture of these three civilizations. Allworks will be read in English translation and nobackground in an Asian language is required. 4 credits.

INQS 125 07 Complementary Healing Methods -Inthe United States, there is an increasing use ofcomplementary and alterna-tive medical techniquesin the treatment of various illnesses. Some ofthese methods have their origins in othercultures. Examine the efficacy of complementaryhealing methods such as intercessory prayer,humor, and animals as well as exploring heal-ingmethods used in other cultures around the world.4 credits.

INQS 125 08 Women's Voices: Demanding theVote - Explore why and how individuals in thelatenineteenth and early twen-tieth centuries creatednew opportunities for women to speak in public,forged the Woman Suffrage Movement, andcampaigned for an amendment to the U.S.Constitution that guarantees women the right tovote. Investigate the life, work and speeches ofSusan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, AbigailScott Duniway, Eliza-beth Cady Stanton, SojournerTruth, and others. 4 credits.

INQS 125 09 Game Theory in Popular Culture -An investigation of game theory through film,television, and fiction. This course exploresideas such as perfect information, prisoner'sdilemma, and volunteer's dilemma. Students willlearn the basic mathemat-ical underpinnings ofgame theory and then apply these concepts tosocietal questions of conflict and cooperation. 4 credits.

INQS 125 10 What to Listen to in the World -Music is the product and expression of allhumanity. Is all sound music Why should welisten to music How should we listen to music Where is music performed and for what reasons What impacts our listening choices Who makesmusic and who should support the creation ofmusic and why What effect does music have on usas we listen How do other cultures of the worldperceive, produce, and organize music and how aretheir listening choices similar to and differentfrom ours and why How does music connect us withour friends, family, and the rest of the world In this Inquiry Seminar, we will explore thesounds and music of our own culture and others inthe world. Regardless of a student's musicbackground, this INQS will help to develop amusic vocab-ulary to understand and to convey inboth writing and speaking the various propertiesof music and its impact on diverse cultures ofthe world. Through thoughtful research andcontemplation, students will consider and discussthe human response to music from physical,emotional, intellectual, and spiritualdirections. Through engaged inquiry, studentswill draw conclusions about the value music hasfor the connection of people within their own andother cultures. 4 credits.

INQS 125 11 Demons in Our Midst: The Dead andthe Un-Dead: The Rise of the Literary Vampirefrom Folklore to Stoker - Study the evidencepresented in folklore descriptions of the deadwho were assumed to be Vampires. Trace theevolution of that folklore creature throughseveral Romanticand Victorian incarnations, and consider the riseof this figure in the enlightened West and ourcontinued fascination with its descendants. 4credits.

INQS 125 12 Language Matters - Study AmericanEnglish and examine the influence of otherlanguages (e.g. German and Spanish) on thedevelopment of the American idiom. Examine therole of dialects and slang in constant linguisticrenewal. The course's main text is an informalhistory of the United States as seen through alinguistic lens, illuminated musically throughintroduction of American folk songs, the texts ofwhich often shed important light on our socialand linguistic past. 4 credits.

INQS 125 13 Four Novels of the American West- In this seminar we'll read and discuss threemore-or-less conventional historical novels ofthe American west, and one science fictionversion that - we'll have to decide - may or maynot relate to the first three. What novels, youask They are, in the order that we'll readthem, Fools Crow, a novel immersed in NativeAmerican culture just as that culture's way oflife is threatened by white settlement, writtenby Native American author James Welch; LittleCentury, by Linfield's own Anna Keesey andfocusing on an orphaned teenager who journeysfrom Chicago to her cousin's town in centralOregon; The Jump-Off Creek, Molly Gloss's novelof a woman determined to find her ownindependence along a creek in eastern Oregon highcountry; and Ursula LeGuin's classic sf novel,published in 1971 and set in a fictionalPortland, Oregon some thirty years later, TheLathe of Heaven. What stories make our culturalhistory What does it matter to know some ofthem How do such stories inform the present We'll discuss these and similar questions bypaying close attention to the fictional liveswe'll encounter in these four quite compellingbooks. 4 credits.

INQS 125 14 Women Writing War - Going to warhas long been considered the foundationalinitiation rite of manhood, and yet women's liveshave been deeply affected by it for just as long,both directly and indirectly. In this InquirySeminar we will explore literary and cinematictexts by women that document war and the legaciesof war across a wide spectrum of experience:combat itself, familial impacts, civilian trauma,and long term consequences of war both on thehome front and in the combat zones wardevastates.

INQS 125 15 In Search of the Good Life - Whatis the "good life" This is perhaps the deepesthuman question. It is not only a question wehope recipients of a liberal arts education willask, it is also a question that permeates filmand literature. Looking at thinkers as ancientas Aristotle and novels as contemporary as TheRazor's Edge, this class will discuss andevaluate different conceptions of a good life andprovide a place for students to engage in theirown inquiry. In short, we will ask big questionsand answer them through thinking, reading,discussing, and writing.

INQS 125 16 From the Beats to the Beatles -Throughout the 1960s, as the lines between thepersonal and the political became increasinglyblurred, the lines between the nation's artistsand activists began to blur as well. By the endof the decade, writers like Allen Ginsberg,Hunter S. Thompson, and Anne Sexton were asfamous for their political activism and theirpersonal escapades as they were for theirwriting. Indeed, it is impossible to fullyunderstand the decade's literature withoutunderstanding its activism, and vice versa. Thebest way of understanding the 1960s is to bearthese paradoxes in mind: democracy andseparatism; personal and political; art andactivism. And this will be the basic method forthis course: to write our way to understandinghow social movements inform and are informed byliterature, song, and oratory. 4 credits.

INQS 125 18 Russian Writes and PoliticalViolence - Explores how Russian writers haverepresented political violence, with a focus onthree forms of violence that have been recurrentfeatures not only of Russian history, but of thehistory of much of the world in the nineteenthand twentieth centuries: the interface betweenthe imperialist state and its colonial subjects,the terrorist campaigns of revolutionaries, andmass murder on the part of the state.

INQS 125 19 History of Mexican Immigration tothe U.S. - An introduction to the nature of U.S.cultural, political, and eco-nomic relationshipswith Mexicans and Mexican Americans via anexploration of Mexican immigration to the U.S.Examine both the historical context of thisprocess, as well as contemporary issuessurrounding the immigration debate. Explore thehistorical importance of Mexican immigrants tothe U.S. economic and political system, as wellas the role Mexican immigrants have played in theshaping of U.S. cultural identity. 4 credits.

INQS 125 20 What is Good Citizenship - Whatis a Good Citizen Explores ideas about andcommitments to citizenship. Is being a goodcitizen more than the occasional paying of taxesand casting of ballots Has the concept ofcitizenship changed over time Are the duties,obligations and privileges of US citizenshippeculiar to its borders Has technologyundermined nationalism and dissolved borders This class will consider these questions and moreas well as outline many forms of civicen-gagement taking insights from philosophy,political activism and history. Using literature,film, and classroom debate, students will bechallenged to create their own criticalassessments and agendas for wider communityengagement. 4 credits.

INQS 125 21 The American Experiment - TheUnited States is an experiment that has lastedover 230 years. As the citizens and innovators ofthis experiment, Americans have attempted torethink and reshape every aspect of humanexperience. In this course, we will read some ofthe most influential texts produced by ourrelatively young nation, in its ongoing effort todefine itself and its role in the larger world.We will ask questions about our understandings ofnationality, citizenship, labor, leisure, nature,and the self, and we will examine some of the keyconcepts and ideals that have thus far definedAmerican national identity. 4 credits.

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