Reflecting on Contemporary Events
Examination and discussion of articles in popular journals. This course encourages critical thought about issues and events shaping our world. Becoming an informed participant in contemporary history, rather than a mere spectator, is central to the course. Offered selectively. Group: I or II or IDS.
Time, Change, and Death: The Meanings of Mortality
An examination of various ways in which human beings attempt to come to grips with, and sometimes deny, the awareness of their mortality. Considers such questions as: How do human beings react to the awareness that they are going to die? What are some of the ways human beings express grief? How do dominant cultural attitudes toward aging and death influence individual attitudes toward these phenomena? Readings include philosophical, theological, and psychological material. Offered selectively.