E-Term 2014 Bulletin - page 19

Martial Arts: Philosophy and Practice
Andy Gannon
Open To:
All Students
Grading System: S/U
Max. Enrollment: 18
Meeting Times: M Tu WTh F 9:00am-3:30pm
Asian martial arts interweave the philosophies of Taoism and Zen Buddhism
with the physical experience. In this project students will read and discuss
these two ancient Asian philosophies as they physically practice and learn
about a variety of martial arts. We will work primarily in a modern, holistic,
eclectic martial art, Cuong Nhu, that combines the best principles of Tai Chi,
Wing Chun Kung Fu, Shotokan Karate, Judo, Aikido, Vovinam, and Western
boxing, but will also experience other martial arts through guest “speakers”
and field trips. Students must be in good physical shape and be prepared for
physical activity every day. This project will increase their flexibility, fitness,
strength and muscle tone, and basic self-defense skills. We will meet every
morning and most afternoons for physical work with readings, viewing of
martial arts films and discussions interspersed. Required textbooks include
the Tao Te Ching, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones; and the Cuong Nhu Beginners Training
Manual. There will be two written and two physical skills exams and short
papers on martial arts history and philosophy.
Note: Estimated cost of books and materials will be $35.
May I Take Your Order? The Forces that Shape Our Food Choices
Greta Valenti
Open To:
All Students
Grading System: Letter
Max. Enrollment: 18
Meeting Times: MWTh 10:00am-1:00pm
This project will explore the forces that influence eating choices, from a
variety of perspectives. We’ll learn what psychological research reveals
regarding our moment-to-moment decisions about which foods to eat,
when to stop eating, and the consequences of these decisions for our
thoughts and judgments. We’ll discover the important roles that politics and
economics play in determining which foods are available to us. We’ll discuss
food- and agriculture-related social movements (e.g., buying locally-grown
produce), and recent trends in diets (e.g., veganism). By the project’s
end, students will better understand the multitude of influences on eating
decisions, and howwhat one eats influences more than just personal physical
well-being. Class meetings will involve discussion of readings and viewing
and discussion of media that reinforce themes of the readings. Students
will be required to lead online and in-class discussions, complete written
assignments, and participate in field trips.
Heilman, and How Harry Cast His Spell by John Granger. Two eight page
papers and one presentation are expected. The first paper will focus on the
religiosity of a chosen event that is integral to the plot. The presentation will
allow the student a chance to provide character analysis about someone
other than Harry Potter and their similarities to a Biblical or historical religious
character. The second paper will be an expository reflection on religious
themes within the series (creation, resurrection, sacrifice, salvation, etc).
Classes will include random quizzes to monitor absorption of the material.
Students are expected to spend 30 hours a week in and out of class.
The Joy of Reading
Charlotte Ford, Lynne Trench
Open To:
All Students
Grading System: Option
Max. Enrollment: 18
Meeting Times: TuTh 10:00am -12:30pm; some W afternoon field trips
Many people read for pleasure, to bring joy, fun, and stress-relief to
their lives. In this Exploration Term class we will practice and investigate
recreational reading. We will read fiction from several different genres as
a class. Students will pick a genre for further independent reading and
study; they will write a paper and do a presentation on the results of their
research. Readings and discussion will address questions such as: How do
we define “pleasure reading?” What is the value of reading popular fiction?
What environments and/or routines are conducive to reading? How have
e-readers changed pleasure reading? Class activities may include: meeting
with an author, visiting the public library, interviewing librarians who select
recreational materials, exploring historical fiction sites, and visiting a used
bookstore. Students are expected to read extensively when class is not in
session, to keep a class-related journal, and to actively participate in class
Note: If S/U grading is selected, an S grade will require that at least 75%of
class points are earned.
Latin American Cultures
Maria Stadnik
Open To:
All Students
Grading System: Letter
Max. Enrollment: 16
Meeting Times: Tu WTh 10:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-3:00pm
This course will expose students to several aspects of Latin American culture,
including music and dance, art, literature, and food. Each week an aspect will
be introduced and broadly discussed, and students will choose a specific topic
to explore in depth. Students will spend time outside of class researching the
history of the topic and its effect on American and Latin American cultures.
Class time will be a mix of lecture, class discussion, and student presentations
of their findings. Of course, cuisine will be further explored by preparing
and eating the food discussed. A final project will be on a cultural topic not
yet discussed in class and will have both a written and oral component.
Assessment will be based active daily participation in the morning and
afternoon sessions (20%), weekly presentations (60%), and a final project
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