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Subject: INQS
Catalog Number: 125
Registration Number: 7867
Description: 2015 January Term:

INQS 125 01 The American Experiment - TheUnited States is an experiment that has lastedover 235 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

2015 Spring Semester

INQS 125 01 Coming of Age - How do you gofrombeing a child to being an adult What are the keystages and conflicts in this process How doesyour older self relate to your younger self, toyour parents, to your companions, to ghosts ofthe past We will explore how authors representthis transformation in a variety of genres:memoir, novel, drama, and a selection of poetryand short fiction from Shakespeare to ShermanAlexie. We will also explore theories ofdevelopment and its representations, and even trywriting original coming-of-age stories. 4credits

INQS 125 02 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 03 The Haunting of Modernity - the"ghost story" is one of the oldest and mostbeloved literary genres. American culture, likeso many other cultures, has produced anastonishing array of literary texts and filmswhich use the paranormal--ghosts, vampires,zombies, etc.--to explore its deepest fears andanxieties. In this course, we will analyze someof the greatest "haunted" works of the 19th,20th, and 21th centuries in an effort to betterunderstand American culture itself. 4credits

INQS 125 04 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. 4credits.

INQS 125 05 Divide and Conquer: ControllingCancer:This course introduces students to canceras a scientific, personal, medical, social, andeconomic dilemma. Through the reading of bothscholarly and popular sources from scientists,historians, ethicists, and patients, studentswill discover that cancer is more than simply adiagnosis. These discoveries will provide thefoundation for critical analysis andinterpretation of information about cancer andwill enable students to develop their written andoral communication skills.

INQS 125 06 What to Listen for in World:Through engaged inquiry, students in What toListen for in the World will embark on a journeyof sound. We will (1) Listen to music of diversecultures of the world and learn what are the"songs" we share in common; (2) Experience "songsof the earth" through mindful listening ofsoundscapes in remote and local environments anddevelop awareness of the great biodiversity innature's music; (3) Explore the connections ofmusic, culture, the environment, and theirinterdependence towards a sustainable future.Through thoughtful research, discussion, writing,film analysis, sound walking, mindful listening,and engaged inquiry, students will drawconclusions about the value of music and itsconnection to cultural and environmentalsustainability. Students will learn What toListen for in the World in order to fosterawareness and action towards a sustainable futurefor all the world's cultures and environments. 4credits
Location: DAYH 111
Times: 09:30AM- 10:35AM  MWF
Instructor: Peter Richardson
Is consent of Instructor Required? No
Course Type: LEC
Students Registered: 16
Seats Available:CLOSED