Spring 2000 Edition.
MWF 1000
Section Syllabus
Professor Fiona Macleod, Drama, and Professor Jeremy Lewis, Political Science.

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extract from the College syllabus web page:

Liberal Arts Symposium: Values, Inquiry, and Meaning

"The Liberal Arts Symposium introduces students to the liberal arts through the Bible and its influence in culture. The Symposia will trace various themes across cultures, historical periods, texts, and disciplines. Students will read texts drawn from the Bible, literature, philosophy, psychology, history, economics, and the sciences. In addition students will examine art, music, dance, film, drama and other expressions that help to illuminate the particular theme for that semester. Examples of themes include the following: origins, values and change, good and evil, nature and human nature, innocence and experience, and God and history."

Required Books:

College LAS Guidelines:

1. The topic must be biblically based and 2. interdisciplinary.
The whole class syllabus uses Bible readings and materials from numerous disciplines. Our section will use the common syllabus and draws upon two faculty trained in different disciplines, plus students taking diverse major fields.

3. The teaching methods and texts should vary.
The whole class events will include lectures, films, music and video showings. Our section, like the others, will emphasize discussion, oral presentations, and debate. There will be occasional mini-lectures by faculty -- usually in response to student discussion -- to explain the background and context of the readings and authors.

4. The syllabus must contain a description of the purpose and nature of the course, the objectives of the course, and the textbooks required.
See College's LAS web syllabus page. You must demonstrate that you have bought the Justice second edition anthology (reader) from the bookstore. By ordering twice as many copies we have received a 50% discount from the publisher; the Bookstore is kindly cooperating in this savings scheme. Please do your part by buying the anthology from the Bookstore.
Justice 3/e 1999-2000 (Huntingdon College /Copley, about $45.)
The New Oxford Annotated Bible (N.O.A.B., Oxford, $29.95)

5. The syllabus must be specific about the written and oral assignments made.
You will be invited frequently to make oral presentations on the readings and other course materials, and to contribute questions for discussion as well as involving yourself in discussion. There will be two assessments of homework responses and a final comprehensive essay examination. The essays will help you find connections among the course materials.

The grading formula will be as follows:

6. LAS 102 shall require a research paper, which shall be a minimum of 750 words and comply with the standard form as illustrated in the Harbrace Handbook. The total amount of graded work in LAS 102 shall be a minimum of 2000 words inclusive of the research paper."

See above, 5.

8. Every LAS section must include some sort of oral presentation by students as a part of the graded work. The syllabus must show that sufficient and equal time is afforded to all students for their oral presentations.
In response to frequent invitations to give brief presentations, you will be expected to make at least one presentation during the term.Absence or tardiness on the day of your presentation will particularly be penalized. Give the class an outline of your presentation - especially if unavoidably absent from a presentation.

9. Every LAS section must have a final examination....
The final comprehensive essay examination will be held in Finals week and will cover anything in the course. There will be approximately 4 essays from a choice of about 5 questions. The questions will reflect the kinds of questions that come up in class during the term.

11. Competency in basic computer skills will be demonstrated by a student's
(1) successful access via the Internet to the LAS syllabus and associated websites, ...
You must print out, sign and show your copy of the LAS syllabus to the instructors during the first week.
(2) use of electronic mail to communicate with the instructor(s) in the course as well as to communicate in one or more of several LAS newsgroups, and ...
We hope you will use e-mail with your classmates to discuss the readings. E-mail questions to instructors as above.
(3) use of a computer as a word processor to produce all written assignments for the course.
Homework must be typed on the computer, printed out, named and handed in at the start of the class session listed at the deadline. In-class final examination will be handwritten.

College LAS Attendance Policy: from Web page.

1. All students ... are required to attend all events ... for LAS as a whole.
2. ... Students ... must notify ... if they have missed an event ... [which must be] made up....
3. ... Students should present evidence [of make-up].
4. Students ... are responsible for the academic consequences of absence.
You are reminded of Huntingdon's attendance policy; excessive absences and tardiness will be penalized via the class participation score. Unexcused missed tests cannot be made-up.

Dr. Lewis explains:

This course provides a brief look at the wide variety of moral questions under the rubric of Justice -- as seen through multiple cultures, periods and disciplines. As with other LAS courses, it uses biblical texts as a springboard for understanding broader aspects of society.

The style of the course will be a symposium, that is, a forum where various ideas are put into play simultaneously. You will be expected to present a summary of the main points of some readings, offer questions for discussion and debate, and discuss readings actively. There will be occasional writing assignments and essay tests. The thrust of the writing will be to find connections and contrasts among the course materials. Where do the authors agree, disagree, or echo each other's ideas?

There will be some lecture or film events for the whole class, usually on Mondays. On Wednesdays and Fridays we will usually enjoy our section's symposium with occasional mini-lectures by instructors on the key points of the main readings, placing the week's readings in context. Sometimes a session will a discuss a film in addition to readings; film or video showings are at times and places posted on the main syllabus on the web.

You should be ready to use the web actively to seek background readings relating to our weekly topics, exploring (at least) the web links from the college 101 syllabus page. Since web links often change, we recommend you "File | Save As" onto your hard drive - or even print interesting pages out and save them in an Justice ring binder, the old fashioned way! You should also actively discuss the current topics with your class mates using e-mail or in person.

In writing essay questions we will emphasize the same type of material we discuss in class: themes, key concepts and theories; major examples; and connections among materials. The questions will indicate which readings, films or lectures they refer to, though you may add to these. You are responsible for all readings indicated on the syllabus before class and before a test date, even if that material is not discussed in class specifically.

Special needs?

"Essential functions" of the course (ADA & Section 504 learning disabled) will include intensive reading; frequent presentations and discussion in class with attendant note-taking; writing thoughtfully under some pressure of time in class exams; and gathering a synthesis of materials for homework. These skills reasonably prepare you at introductory level for an eventual professional career. For those professionally documented via the student counselling staff as genuinely "learning disabled" but "otherwise qualified," "reasonable accommodations" will be made.

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