The ripples of Japanese culture have reached all sides of the Pacific. This seminar will examine selected topics in the origins and development of Japanese culture from the late 8th century to the present. We will begin with a general overview of Japanese language, history and geography. We will then consider the fundamental themes of Japanese history while reading key works on Japanese literature, art, politics, religion, and contemporary society. Each student will take responsibility for leading discussion at least once, will write weekly commentaries on the reading, and will produce, by the end of the term, a 10-page research paper. Knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary, but some prior exposure to Japanese culture will be helpful. Prerequisite: Prior exposure to Japanese culture or permission of Instructor
Development of fluency and accuracy in speech and composition; current reading materials; consistent use of technology to extract and document authentic Italian information. Prerequisite: Four semesters of college-level Italian or equivalent
Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition is a writing course designed for students with at least four semester of college-level Spanish (or Spanish 2C). The course will provide a review and continued development of Spanish lanugage skills, develop compositional skills that are necessary for the kinds of writing that advanced students of Spanish and professionals are generally asked to perform, and encourage critical inquiry by engaging in active discussion of authentic cultural texts through class discussions and formal writing activities. The course content will acquaint the student with the rhetorical techniques and organizational strategies that will make his or her writing more effective. The course approaches writing as a process involving the formulation of ideas, evaluation of purpose, critique, clarification, revision, and production of finished written texts. Required of all students who would like to write a portion of their Plan in Spanish. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or Spanish 2C)
A reading of Virgil's "Aeneid" with a emphasis on the role of Virgil in Dante's "Divine Comedy" for the first six weeks. The second six weeks will be dealing with Dants's "Inferno" with a possible reading of the "Death of Virgil."
The continent of Africa remains to most students a distant and exotic land, difficult to imagine, and even harder to understand. In this course, we will attempt to become familiar with this part of the world - its peoples, its history, its politics, its current predicaments. By studying the many different countries and regions that make up this continent, the goal will be to better appreciate, on the one hand, that which makes African politics so unique, rich, and diverse, yet at the same time, to recognize the overwhelming similarities of the struggles of people everywhere. Prerequisite: None
The course is designed to introduce students to the field of American Studies through a multi-disciplinary exploration of U.S. history in the period after World War II. Topics of investigation include the evolution of political structures, the economy and foreign policy; the expansion of mass culture; changes in gender and race relations; cultural developments in art, film and literature. Prerequisite: None
Why read Plato and Aristotle? Because every philosophical footnote goes back to Plato. Because Artistotle's four causes continue to inform continental and Islamic thinking. Because the politics each one envisions provides the intellectual basis for everything from neo-con imperialism to critical pedagogy. This class will move slowly through Aristotle's and Plato's political writings using criticism by Martha Nussbaum and Jill Frank to bring these ancient writers into our lived reality.Prerequisite: permission of instructor
Whenever we write, we enter into a community of people sharing ideas. This seminar is intended to provide a space in which students on Plan in anthropology and related disciplines can come together to discuss their reading and writing. Prerequisite: Senior Plan work in anthropology or a related discipline
Sculptors and architects share a language of three dimensions that leads to diverse points of contact between their art forms. This course will be an artist's look at buildings and sculpture from various cultures and periods of history. Responses will be in three forms: written research projects, sculpturer, and building designs. Fee. TBA Prerequisite: Sculpture I or 3-D Design
Group critique of students' work on Plan. Methodology and goals will be discussed as well as short readings on art and current issues. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission
Introduces students to the phonology and script of classical/modern standard Arabic and covers the basic morphology and syntax of the written language. Emphasis on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the earliest stages. Samples of modern (contemporary) and classical styles of writing introduced, and audio-visual material from the contemporary Arabic media. Prerequisite: None
This course is an introduction to the major themes of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures. After a brief study of the history of development and canonization and the role and function of these scriptures within Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities, we will spend the major part of the semester reading and analyzing selected texts in order to discover the vision of these scriptures concerning the purpose of human life, the organization of communiteis, and the structure of leadership within these communiteis. We will also investigate the relationship between God and human beings as represented by these scriptures and will examine the models of human behavior presented in various stories of the prophets. Prerequisite: None
A one-semester course covering differential and integral calculus and their applications. This course provides a general background for more advanced study in mathematics and science. Prerequisite: Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus (NSC556), or equivalent
This is a course in making pottery forms using handbuilding techniques. There will be short readings in the history of ceramics along with study of the composition and high temperature behavior of earth materials. An introduction to the potter's wheel is included. Prerequisite: None Class will also meet every Thursday in Apple Tree from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for "Pots and Picture" (pots, slides, videos).
Intermediate work in ceramics based on wheel throwing and/or handbuilding; critical analysis of three-dimensional form; readings in the history and technical literature of ceramics. Prerequisite: Ceramics course at Marlboro or permission of instructor
An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. If interested see Stan Charkey. Woodwind, string, brass instruments welcome. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Ability to play an instrument or sing and read music.
In this class, students will explore both the art and the craft of making dances. Responding to specific assignments, students will create a number of dances throughout the semester, bringing a new draft to class each week. Class sessions will focus on viewing and discussing students' work, and when appropriate, on exploring tools for the creative process and ideas about composition. Attention will be given to learning how to give and receive choreographic feedback, and to editing and developing existing choreography. In addition, students will study the choreographic methods of other artists through viewing videos and reading texts. This course will require students to work independently and commit a substantial amount of time outside of class to the completion of choreographic studies. Students will present their final projects in an end of the semester showing. This course may be repeated for credit; assignments, readings, and special topics will differ each semester. The special topic for this semester is Music and its relationship to Choreography. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Since its invention by the Ancients down to the present day, the vocabulary of art and architectural forms associated with Classicism has been mobilized to signal various social, cultural, and political meanings for contemporary viewers. This course aims to identify and understand the specific historical, socio-political, ideological and epistemological contexts for that vocabulary in its culture of origin and subsequent manifestations. In so doing, students will develop their awareness of the development of art and architecture in Europe and the U.S. and a fuller understanding of the network of associations on which art and architecture draw to speak to their audiences. Prerequisite: None
The study of color and value relationships through direct experience with emphasis on problems and exercises developed by Joseph Albers. Collage and other techniques will be used for individual design projects in color application. Prerequisite: College level studio art or permission of instructor
"When I was a little kid," writes Scott McCloud, "I knew exactly what comics were. Comics were those bright colorful magazines filled with bad art, stupid stories and guys in tights." With these words, McCloud launches into his exploration of the art-form of comics - a form whose potential and "hidden power" we will explore in this writing seminar. Using McCloud's Understanding Comics as our starting point, we will examine how several contemporary graphic artists - Art Spiegelman, David B., Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, Howard Cruse, Ann Marie Fleming and others - use words, pictures and narratives to tell stories of their lives. We will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts. Prerequisite: None
An introduction to such poets as Galway Kinnell, Robert Creeley, Sylvia Plath, A.R. Ammons, Allen Ginsberg, Elizabeth Bishop, Alan Dugan, W.S. Merwin, John Berryman, Amy Clampitt, Gary Snyder, James Wright, and Adrienne Rich. Class will be devoted to discussion and analysis of poems. Three critical papers. Prerequisite: None
The evolution of and interrelationship between American social, economic and political institutions focusing on the period from the end of World War II to the present. Prerequisite: None
There is nothing like standing up in front of an audience to hone an argument, particularly when there's someone in the room bent on destroying your position. Using classic and contemporary political theory, this class will provide opportunities to perform controversial thought, to defend orthodoxies, and to persuade the masses that your particular mode of analysis is correct. Of use for students intending to do Plan work in political theory. Prerequisites: background in philosophy or political theory
A course focused on fieldwork methods, designing projects for the field, writing field notes and reports, and theoretical, ethical, and practical issues surrounding all of this. A required course for WSP students preparing to go on internship but available for (and open to) non-WSP students considering fieldwork in the U.S. or abroad. NOTE: Designing Fieldwork will NOT be offered in Spring 2009. If you intend to take this course this academic year, please do so in Fall 2008. Prerequisite: Finding an Internship (WSP 50) or permission of instructor
This course will combine theory, history, and practice. Screenings will include a range of documentary genres from the classic to the modern. Examples from Robert Flaherty to Errol Morris will show the extraordinary power of the documentary to capture the ever-shifting nature of capturing reality on film. Students will develop critical viewing skills regarding voice, point of view, and truth. Students will also work individually and in groups to create their own short video projects.
A beginning course designed to develop skills and knowledge in seeing. A variety of tools and materials will be explored while working from the still life, landscape and the figure. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition and design elements will be our basis of investigation. Prerequisite: None
This basic, introductory course in economics seeks to convey a sense of the discipline as a whole--its history, methods, and substantive concerns. The course examines processes common to all systems (e.g., division of labor, production, exchange, growth) and it examines whole systems as modeled and as observed. Prerequisite: None
An investigation into the process by which people respond to and affect their environments by gaining increasing knowledge of them. An interdisciplinary approach will be employed (involving concepts from psychology and anthropology) that will focus on early childhood experience, peer relationships, formal institutional (school) operations and societal pressures for conformity and change. Cross-cultural information will be used to assess different practices within our own society. What factors determine an individual's chance for a "successful" or "unsuccessful" life? Prerequisite: None
A sophomore-level introduction to the physics of electric and magnetic phenomena.Topics include electrostatic forces, electric and magnetic fields, induction, Maxwell's equations, and some DC circuits. Prerequisite: General Physics I and II, Calculus I and II (Advanced Calculus also recommended as a co-requisite.)
The Electronic Music course offers students with or without music recording experience a chance to explore the historical context of electronic music production and technology while expanding their own understanding of basic sound recording and editing techniques. The course combines lectures, listening examples, demonstrations, projects, assignments, and critique sessions. Topics we will cover include historical artistic movements, composers, and techniques that inform electronic music. Basic computer skills will be helpful, as you will produce a series of computer-based audio projects. Prerequisite: None
Students will design and execute a series of projects or create a major work or research project. Prerequisite: Electronic Music I - ART 658
To be run at the same time/place as Electronic Music II. This is for students in Electronic Music II who are more advanced.
This is an introductory course in Mandarin Chinese. It aims to develop students' communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Aspects of Chinese culture are also introduced. Prerequisite: None.
Speaking, reading, writing; oral-aural and written exercises. Prerequisite: None, but this course is not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of high school Italian.
This is a language course for first-year students of Spanish and is designed to aid development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. It covers basic grammar along with a variety of vocabulary and cultural topics, and it prepares students for the second-semester Spanish course to be offered in Spring 2009. Prerequisite: none
The course begins with a review of basic grammatical principles. It continues with exercises designed to increase the students' control of their prose. The second half of the semester is spent partly in revising existing papers, and partly in studying such stylistic niceties as parallel structure, rhythmic control, and felicitous presentation of research. Open to students who have passed the writing requirement but desire to improve their writing for Plan. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, usually a semester in advance
This course is an introduction to prominent questions and themes in environmental philosophy. We will begin with a study of moral and metaphysical approaches to philosophical questions of nature, animals, and the place of human beings in the environment. Then we will consider a number of related issues in environmental philosophy, including questions of place, food and agriculture, biodiversity, technology, consumption, economics, education, ecojustice, wilderness, environmental aesthetics, and the role of philosophy in the context of environmental crisis. Prerequisite: None
Offered every fall, this class is devoted to student writing of original work in various literary genres. Most commonly, students are writing short stories or literary non-fiction, but occasinoally someone may be working on a novel, week to week. Members of the class read each other's submissions extremely closely and offer critiques and suggestions during our weekly classes. The class may include exercises geared towards improving your attention to such things as character, plot, rising and falling action, voice, tone, angle of vision, and point of view. Students are expected to produce new work for class steadily and to participate in class discussions. Admission to the class is on the basis of manuscripts. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on manuscripts
Early Renaissance Italy was a place ripe for artistic and cultural revolution: the return of the papacy to Rome, the Venetian conquest of Constantinople, the rediscovery of Plato and Aristotle, and the beginning of empirical science redefined the social and political landscape. In this course we will discuss the impact of these factors on the rise of later Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. How did new discoveries in anatomical dissection, for instance, affect artists' rendering of the human body? But perhaps more importantly, how did such discoveries and depictions change our understanding of what it means to be human in the first place? Our concepts of genius, competition, and scholasticism arguably originated in this period. Students will thus explore the role of art in the shaping of these and other key themes in early modern history. Prerequisite: None
An examination of the molecular and cellular basis for life. Prerequisite: Some chemistry recommended
An exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting. Recommended for prospective life science Plan students. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology I or permission of instructor
Chemistry has a rich history, including ancient theories on the nature of matter and recipes for converting lead into gold. Modern research and applications are equally exicting, and include topics such as creating more efficient solar collectors and the reactions of natural and human-made chemicals in the environment. In this course , we will study topics such as atomic structure and the periodic table, reaction stoichiometry, chemical bonds, and molecular structure. Many topics are related to current health and environmental issues. For example, discussions of pH and reduction-oxidation reactions include research on the natural chemistry of surface waters and the effects of acid rain on natural systems. Prerequisite: Co-requisite of General Chemistry Laboratory I
In the laboratory, we will apply the same concepts, information and analytical approach we use in the classroom. You will continue to hone problem-solving skills and become familiar with laboratory equipment and procedures. Laboratory sessions will be designed to allow you to explore ideas discussed in class through field and lab work in environmental chemistry. Also, we will try to apply concepts from the field of 'green chemistry' to make our investigations more environmentally sustainable. Prerequisite: Co-requisite of General Chemistry I
Part I of a full-year introductory algebra-based physics course with lab. Topics (over the full year) will include mechanics, electricity, and some thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. All pre-meds. should take this course; it isn't offered every year. Prerequisite: None
An exploration of genetic principles including Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics followed by an examination of evolutionary mechanisms and theory. Three lab sessions will take place at a time to be determined. Prerequisite: College-level biology course
An examination of the changes occurring in the earth's atmosphere and climate, both short and long term, and due to natural as well as anthropogenic causes. Prerequisite: None
This is a beginner's course for those wishing to study Ancient Greek. We'll be using John Taylor's "Greek to GCSE" (parts 1 and 2). Students should expect the course to cover some difficult ground in a short space of time and be prepared for regular quizzes on the key concepts as we go along. With a little perseverance, however, they can hope to be reading passages from Homer and the tradedians in the original Greek before the end of the academic year. Prerequisite: Prior linguistic experience is not a prerequisite but some knowledge of Latin or a modern romance language will be advantageous
Continuation of Greek IA and IB. We will be translating original Greek in order to build up vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Prerequisite: Greek IA and IB
An ensemble for guitarists exploring repertoire for an ensemble of guitars and for practice of sightreading and ensemble skills. Prerequisite: Ability to read music
This class offers intermediate and advanced dancers an exciting opportunity to dance intensively. We will have a technique class twice a week, followed by rehearsal. In the technique class, based on the Dunham technique, dancers will learn intermediate to advanced barre work, floor work, and progressions from the Dunham technique. We will use that technical base to learn longer modern phrases in a related style. In the rehearsal we will be learning a dance (or maybe two) choreographed by the instructor. Dancers will be performing at the end of the semester and will be required to participate in the tech and dress rehearsals. Because of the extended class time and the requirements of the performance week, there will be minimal work outside class.
This course of intermediate level Mandarin Chinese builds on the skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing acquired in Elementary Chinese. The emphasis continues to be on development of communicative competence and familiarity of Chinese culture. Prerequisite: Elementary Chinese I
A continuation of elementary Arabic with equal emphasis on aural and oral skills, reading and writing. Selections from contemporary Arabic media are introduced and serve as a basis for reading and conversation. Prerequisite: Arabic IA
This course provides a broad overview of sociocultural anthropology. We start by considering two concepts that are central to the discipline: the idea of "culture"--said to be what sets humans apart from all other animals--and the research method called "fieldwork." From there, we take up a range of topics (e.g., language, social relations, economic exchange, power and control, belief systems, socialization, and the nature of the person) and consider the issues and approaches important to anthropologists. Class readings will include a number of ethnographic studies based on research in communities all around the world. Prerequisite: None
This course will be an introduction to black and white photography with an emphasis given both to visual communication and technique. Students will learn basic procedures of camera operation, film exposure and development and enlargement of the image, while exploring the visual and expressive qualities of the medium. Prerequisite: None Requires use of video lab, video viewing, and computers (excluding word processing).
This course is an introduction to two Chinese schools of thought: Confucianism and Daoism. We will read the foundational texts in each school. Discussion will focus on ideas of morality, social relations, self-cultivation, good government, and nature. We will also consider the historical context of the primary texts as well as their influence on religious practice and art. Students will engage in a close analysis of key terms through tests and short papers.Prerequisite: None
This course explores fundamental concepts in psychology. It covers a broad range of topics from how the nervous system works, to how we develop from infancy to old age, to what makes us crazy and what helps us become more sane. We'll explore these topics to understand how different psychological approaches explain human thoughts, feelings and actions. The course lays the groundwork for a broad understanding of the human condition through the prism of psychology. Prerequisite: None
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of Second Language Acquisition. Students will be provided with information about the scope of the field and about background information on related areas such as first language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. Prerequisite: None
This introductory course is designed to provide a historical framework for the theories, issues, and debates surrounding socialist political thought from the late 18th century to the present. By studying the philosophies of socialism's major historical proponents, we will develop a comprehensive understanding of socialism as an evolving set of conflicting ideas representing divergent strategies and values. Major themes will include the conflict between anarchism and Marxism, the question of revisionism as a strategy by which to attain socialism, and the place of the state, race, and gender in a socialist society. By situating these struggles within their respective historical contexts, we will deduce a theoretical vocalulary by which to discover socialism's place in the contemporary world. No prior experience in political theory is required. Prerequisite: None
We will discuss Kant's moral philosophy by means of close readings of his two primary texts on the subject. Familiarity with Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals is suggested. Each student will be expected to write two or three response papers across the semester. Students taking the class for four credits will also be required to write a seven to ten page paper. Class participation and attendance will also be factors in final grade assessment. Prerequisite: None
The core of this course wil be working outside directly from observation, investigating our perception of the landscape through experimentation with various approaches and materials. Initially we will form a drawing moving into water-based materials and color. Emphasis will be placed on individual response supported by directed assignments. Prerequisite: Drawing I/Painting I
This is a beginner's course for those wishing to study the Latin language. We'll be working from Wheelock's Latin (6th edition), which introduces students fairly painlessly to the basic elements of grammar, syntax and vocabulary by using original stories along with excerpts from Latin texts. There will be regular (but short!) quizzes to reinforce what has been learned as we go along. Students can expect to have graduated to reading sustained passages from Roman authors before the end of the academic year. Prerequisite: None
Continuation of Latin IA and IB. We will be translating original Latin in order to build up vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Prerequisite: Latin IA and IB
The vision of the world shaped by the modern novel through magical realism, fabulation and dark allegory constitutes a dramatic shift in the notion of character, narration, and plot together with a radical subversion of notions of order, bureaucracy, society and politics. This course seeks to redefine the scope of the novel in its modernist phase and its reconfiguration as postmodern text. We shall read works of Kafka (The Castle), W.G. Sebald (Austerlitz), Don Delillo (White Noise), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude), Calvino (If On A Winter's Night A Traveler), and Satrapi (Persepolis). These texts will provide the site for exploring contemporary debate about Human Rights in the works of Horkheimer, Adorno, Foucault, Fromm, Habermas, Todorove, Baudrillad, Bakhtin and Agamben. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course is designed to expose students to the art of dance through viewing video documentation of great performances. We will watch a wide range of dance styles including early modern, ballet, post modern dance, street dance and the work of current established and emerging companies from around the world. Each viewing will be followed by a lively discussion of the dance that acknowledges the structure, execution, vocabulary, composition, social context and emotional impact of the work. Students will expand their vocabulary for talking about movement; fine-tune their kinesthetic and aesthetic observation skills; and become more comfortable exercising critical thought about dance, performance, and movement composition. Students will also hone their dance observation and discussion skills by reading and writing reviews and critical essays about the dance we witness. Dancers, other performing artists, visual artists, filmmakers, historians, movie buffs... All students are welcome!
Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: By audition or permission of instructor
A study of the development of both sacred and secular forms and styles in music and its relation to social and cultural conditions of the time. Prerequisite: None
A performance class exploring repertoire for men's chorus. Prerequisite: None
This intermediate-level course concerns the market economy, in theory and practice. Topics include determination of prices, individual and collective decision-making, the organization and regulation of production, and the distribution of income. The course offers solid grounding in the theory and methods of economics as required for further work in the field. Prerequisite: Intro Economics or permission
This course introduces students to modern dance technique. Each class will consist of a warm-up, exercises across the floor, and longer combinations of movement. Through studio practice, students will build physical coordination, strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness, and an understanding of principles of modern dance. Some readings and video viewings will be used to help students contextualize their studio practice. The course will also include some creative work. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: None
Any image juxtaposed against others takes on new meaning. The content-based discussion in half of the course will explore the possibilities and transformations created in visual imagery when presented in combination with other imagery. The work may incorporate text and literal narrative or may be based in more abstract and formal relationships. The other half of the course, on alternate class days, will explore digital photography techniques, including: exploration of the digital photographic workflow from use of cameras, scanner, color management, Photoshop to fine art printing. Prerequisite: Intro to Black and White Photography or permission of instructor.
A study of musical signatures, meter, rhythm, and basic chordal structure. Prerequisite: None
Carbon can form bonds with itself and almost all of the other elements, giving rise to an enormous variety of carbon-containing molecules. Early organic chemists struggled with the structure of one, benzene, until Friedrich Kekule solved the puzzle in a dream - he saw the carbon atoms "twisting in a snake-like motion. But look! What was this? One of the snakes had seized hold of its own tail, and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes." In this course we study the chemistry of these carbon-based compounds. This is an introductory chemistry course and is essential for all biologists, chemists, pre-med and pre-vet students. Many concepts are illustrated with descriptions and mechanisms of biological reactions. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I & II
This laboratory will introduce students to basic techniques in organic chemistry. Over the course of the semester each student will research a topic of their choice, design an experiment based on that research, and conduct the experiment. Each student will work at his or her own pace and will consult with instructors during each phase of the project. Progress reports will be required at each phase of the project, and at the end of the semester students will write a final report describing their project. Prerequisite: General Chemistry Laboratory I or II
A wildly successful poet of his own day, Ovid has since become the single most influential ancient poet for post-classical literature and culture. His works embrace a wide range of themes, many of which seem to have a peculiarly modern relevance: holocaust, seduction, suicide, sex-change, depression and intoxication are all treated within his pages. Always prepared to push the limits of the acceptable, Ovid ran afoul of the regime and died alone in exile on the remote shores of the Black Sea. The first part of this course will include a detailed examination of his poetry (in translation) and its relationship with other works of the classical era. The second part will consider how his works have come to underpin subsequent literature, philosophy and thought. Prerequisite: None
An exploration of figurative drawing and painting from life and from memory.
This seminar/lab will explore diverse case studies of designed settings and environments for performance (theatre, film, opera, dance). We will consider compositional techniques as well as how space, amterials, objects, light, and sound participate in telling a story. We will examine some aspects of historical and cultural aesthetics. Our studies of the designs of others will be complemented with practical experiements in creating sets, working with light, and integrating audio. Projects. Prerequisites: None
Phenomenology constitutes the most significant development in twentieth-century European philosophy; it is the foundation for existentialism, hermeneutics, post-structuralism, and deconstruction, and informs concepts and methods across the humanities and social sciences. We will begin with an analysis of the methodologies and foundational concepts of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology, including the phenomenological reduction, the intentional structure of consciousness, the lifeworld, meaning, truth, knowledge, the proper relationship between philosophy and science, and the critique of representationalism. We will move from Husserl's transcendental and genetic phenomenology to the existential and hermeneutic phenomenology of his student, Martin Heidegger, and devote a little more than half the semester to Heidegger's Being and Time. Being and Time is a phenomenological inquiry into the question of being that is most famous for its analyses of being-there, of existence in the world, with others, facing our death, authentic and inauthentic existence, freedom, meaning, conscience, and care. Finally, we will turn to the work of Emmanuel Levinas; grounded in phenomenological descriptions, Levinas argued that ethics is first philosophy. Levinas, more than any other philosopher, put the question of alterity, the question of the Other, at the heart of much contemporary theory, and he is often considered the most important European philosopher of ethics in the later half of the twentieth century.
This is a seminar for all students on Plan in photography. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Either the Preliminary or Final Plan application must be on file (including some photography) Fee: $100 Requires use of video laboratory, video viewing, and computers (excluding word processing).
In this course we will examine various methodologies currently employed in the study of religion and the resources available for the study of religious phenomena. We will engage with the perspectives of sociological, psychological, historical, comparative, and religious approaches to the study of religion in order to examine the scope and limitations of each approach. The students will learn and practice the research skills required for locating, sifting through, and evaluating available resources in order to formulate answers to the questions they have posed in their plan of concentration. Students will make weekly presentations on assigned texts. Prerequisite: Plan in Religious Studies
Plan-based writing seminar for seniors. Prerequisite: Plan in Religious Studies
A student-driven plan writing seminar for seniors working on plans in Asian Studies. Prerequisite: Plan in Asian Studies
A study of the taxonomic, evolutionary and ecological relationships of the dominant vascular plant families of Vermont. Fieldwork will take place during a Monday 1:30-4:50 lab in the first half of the semester. A drawing component will introduce students to observational drawing skills and historical dimensions of botanical illustration. Limited to 12 students. Prerequisite: None
We will explore the social critique implicit in the works of Fanon, Michel Foucault, Clifford Geertz, Derrida, Lacan, Edward Said, Bakhtin, and Jameson, and theoretical feminism in Irigaray, Cixous, and Kristeva. These works will be read in relation to certain modern novels from Africa, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and the United States such as Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, The Mimic Men by V.S. Naipaul, Rushdie's Midnight's Children, The Bone People by Kerrie Hulme, and Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao, which are politically inflected in terms of race, gender, and cultural hybridity. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Real Analysis is the study of the real numbers and functions of real numbers. After looking in some detail at the underpinnings of the real number system, we'll consider sequences, continuity, differentiation, and integration. This course will contain very few theorems that you haven't seen and used in Calculus. However, our interest here will be on their proofs rather than their applications. Prerequisites: Calculus 1 and permission of instructor
A seminar designed to allow students with well-defined research interests in History to pursue their research under the guidance of the instructor. Students will present the fruits of their research to the seminar for comment and discussion. Prerequisite Junior status or permission of instructor
This class will screen films inspired by Vermont's commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first European exploration (by Samuel de Champlain) of what is now called Lake Champlain, the body of water on Vermont's western flank. We'll screen Canadian films and pictures related to themes and metaphors of "first encounters" and "border crossings." Film titles will include Bruce Beresford's "Black Robe," Jan Troell's "The Emigrants" and "The New Land," Terrence Mallick's "The New World," Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter," Gilo Pontecorvo's "Burn," Denys Arcand's "Decline of the American Empire," Jonathan Wacks' "Pow Wow Highway," Michel Brault's "Paper Wedding," Francis Mankiewicz's "Les Bons Debarras," Patricia Rozema's, "I've Heard the Mermaid's Singing," Sara Polley's "Away From Here," David Croneberg's "Dead Zone," Ferral Mitchener's "Fubar," Michael Dowse's "It's All Gone Pete Tong," and Mark Evan's "Snowcake." Students will be asked to write critiques and interpretive essays related to the series themes. Prerequisite: None
An introduction to the language of three dimensions. Through a series of both representational and non-representational problems students will investigate the principles and techniques of sculpture -- construction, carving, and modeling. Drawing and its relationship to three dimensional art will be emphasized. Students will make presentations to the class of research done on contemporary and traditional sculptors. Prerequisite: None
This course offers a practical examination of the theatrical process through the production and performance of a full-length play. Casting will occur as soon as the fall semester begins and rehearsals will take place both in the allotted class periods and in designated evening time slots. There are opportunities for acting, stage managing, participation as running crew for lights and sound, costumes, and set building. Course credit will range from 1-4 according to the required duties and necessary time obligation. A firm commitment to the rehearsal process and the production is mandatory. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, audtion, and/or interview
A year-long course, reading and discussing some of the major works of Western culture from Homer to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructors
The seminar is organized around the different research topics of seniors doing Plan work in American Studies. Students will present their own work in progress and read and critique each other's writing. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This seminar will explore cinematic treatments and adaptations drawn from the works of Shakespeare. Films will range from Orson Well's "Othello" to Olivier's "Hamlet" to Julie Taymor's "Titus" to Richard Loncraine's "Richard III" to Kenneth Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing" "As You Like It" and "Henry V" to Baz Luhrman's "Romeo + Juliet" to Kurosawa's "RAN" to Kozintev's "King Lear" to Tim Blake Nelson's "10 Things I Hate About You". Critical examination of films will be supplemented by readings and written exercises. Exams. Prerequisite: None
This course explores key topics in social psychology including the self, conformity and rebellion, intimacy and alienation, attitudes and prejudice, group and community dynamics as well as the relationship of the individual to society, including the impact of the internet on social relationships. We will examine how society impacts the individuals as well as how people affect society. We'll explore both traditional and non-traditional choices as means of achieving integrity and personal growth. There will be several short papers and a final paper on a topic of the student's choosing. Prerequisite: Any course in the Social Sciences or permission of the instructor
This course will explore the ways in which contemporary playwrights portray a vision of the secular apocalyptic. Although the topic has long been a staple of the science fiction genre, the apocalyptic has historically, and increasingly, occupied the theatrical stage as a warning against isolationism and complacency. The plays that make up the content of this class ask us, through their creative constructions of an apocalyptic landscape, to consider Christopher Woodward's deceptively simple statement, "When we contemplate ruins, we contemplate our own future." In addition to analyzing dramatic texts, we will also read Cormac McCarthy's The Road, several science fiction short stories, and view films and film clips as a way of establishing a context for theatrical interpretations. Prerequisite: None
A follow-up to Statistics (NSC123) in which students will acquire and hone the statistical skills needed for their work on Plan. Course content will be driven by the interests and requirements of those taking the class. Prerequisite: Statistics (NSC123) or permission of the instructor
Latin America has an immensely rich literary tradition, and the 20th centry in particular has seen the region produce many of the world's finest writers. This course will begin with a look at key works of the colonial period and the 19th century, then focus on the fiction, poetry and essays of 20th century Spanish America. Classes will include discussions of both the writings themselves and the historical, social and political context in which the works were created. We will also look at important literary movements such as Modernismo, Magical Realism and the "Boom" of the 1960s, and more recent developments. Writers covered include Jose Marti, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar, Rosario Castellanos, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Elena Poniatowska. Prerequisite: A good command of the language is needed as readings and discussion will be in Spanish
This course will introduce students to the various anthropological approaches to the study of religion. Key topics will include: the religious representation of life, death, morality and gender; the relation between cosmology and magical practice; the work of symbols in ritual; shamanism, spirit possession, and witchcraft; local beliefs and practices of world religions; persons, objects and spirits in the process of conversion; the problem of religious belief; the category of "religion" and its relationship to the secular. Readings will include both theoretical discussions and ethnographic case studies drawn from around the world, ranging from early anthropological work on religion to contemporary interventions. Prerequisite: Introductory level course in anthropology or other related fields
Virginia Woolf describes the essay as a form that "must lap us about and draw its curtain across the world." But what, she questions, "can the essayist use in these short length of prose to sting us awake and fix us in a trance which is not sleep but rather an intensification of life - a basking, with every faculty alert, in the sun of pleasure?" Her answer is a simple one: "He must know - that is the first essential - how to write." From David Quamman's "The Face of the Spider" to Scott Russell Sanders' "Looking at Women" to Wallace Stegner's "The Town Dump" to Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels" to George Saunders' "The Braindead Megaphone," we will explore how contemporary essayists - in personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, and science writing - look closely at everyday objects, practices and experiences. We will analyze what makes these essayists effective, entertaining, and enlightening. And, of course, we will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 4-6 page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the essays. Prerequisite: None
This class will take the information you learned in introductory biology and even non-biology courses such as sociology and anthropology and attempt to apply it to the field of HIV/AIDS. Accordingly, this course presents an overview of AIDS as both a biological and socio-cultural phenomenon. We will cover a variety of topics, including: what AIDS is, what causes it, who gets it and how to control it. I anticipate spending a considerable amount of class time comparing and contrasting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the developed and developing world. Special emphasis will be given to exploring scientific, epidemiological and socio-cultural responses to the epidemic. Specifically, we will spend the semester examining the chronology of the AIDS epidemic. By reading breakthrough articles, and the corresponding news media accounts of these articles, we will trace the history of our understanding of HIV/AIDS. We will focus on understanding the science behind these articles and we will discuss the potential implications of the research. This exploration of HIV/AIDS will allow us to gain a better understanding of how we know what we know about the disease and also demonstrate how science and culture are inextricably linked. Prerequisite: Introductory Biology
This course traces the history of family life in the U.S. from the time of European settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Drawing on an interdisciplinary array of sources from popular literature to material culture, we will explore how the family both affected and was affected by the major historical developments of these centuries. Our study will include Anglo-American nuclear families as well as families and groups which did not fit the norm-- slave families, immigrant families and utopian communities. A central focus of the course will be the importance of the family in defining and reproducing gender roles and relationships. Prerequisite: None
This course considers key Modernist movements and the responses to them that characterized art in the first half of the twentieth century. It traces the rise of Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Constructivism, Surrealism in the century's first three decades and the eventual collapse of Modernism in the authoritarian politics of the thirties, of World War II, and the Holocaust. Organized as a seminar, the course consists primarily of thoughtful discussion and analysis of texts representing diverse methodological and theoretical models (structuralist formalism, semiology, social art history, political theory, psychoanalysis) with which artistic production of the twentieth century is currently studied by critics and art historians. Registration is limited to 15 full-credit students. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
This course will have as its focus the myth of Don Juan in literature and music. We will begin with Camus's philosophic presentation of the absurd lover in the Myth of Sisyphus. Students will gain insight into the creation and evolution of opera as a genre, listening to and analyzing works by Monte Verdi, Handel and Gluck, culminating with a study of the greatest of opera composers: Mozart. Our study of the evolution of Mozart's operas will begin with Idomeneo Re di Creta, followed by the Marriage of Figaro. We will then read versions of the Don Juan Myth: Tirso De Molina's (1571-1648) Trickster of Seville followed by Moliere's (1622-73) Don Juan. Mozart's masterpiece, Don Juan, will end the course. Prerequisite: None
Jujitsu belongs to a historical warrior tradition which encompassed not only physical ability but also great philosophical depth. This class will explore that tradition and its roots, seeking answers in both Japanese and Chinese texts. Our exploration will consist of physical practice linked to the readings, with associated writings to demonstrate an understanding of the non-physical material. This class is suitable for those that have studied jujitsu before and for those who are new to the form. Prerequisite: None
An exploration of the concepts and methods of historians in several fields, to learn the skill of thinking historically. A variety of topics and eras will be examined through materials ranging from visual arts to diaries, memoirs, novels, and folklore, to monographs and biographies. Students will write several short papers interpreting the materials as expressions of historical experience, to discover the value of placing texts in the context of their time and place. A foundation course, open to all students, wether planning further study in history or not. Prerequisite: None
This course covers a wide range of math topics prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science and of interest in their own right. The course is divided into over 50 units (listed on the course Web page). One credit will be earned for each group of 6 units completed. Students select units to improve their weak areas. There are also tailored streams for students who wish to go on to study calculus or statistics and for those who wish to prepare for the GRE exam. Over this semester and next, 42 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made to study the non-timetabled units or to study units earlier than their scheduled session. Prerequisite: None
An exploration of major environmental themes and issues in U.S. History, from colonial times to the present. The inquiry is organized around a series of case studies that address such issues as land and land-use control, water resources, wildlife, and the environmental movement. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
"Comes over one an absolute necessity to move," D.H. Lawrence wrote, "And what is more, to move in some particular direction." Traveling has always been part of human life. How did it become a form of entertainment or leisure? Tourism today is the largest industry in the world; what is its impact on the way we create and present our cultural identities and how we envision the world of others? We'll explore the history of travel for pleasure, the nature of tourist experiences, and the ways that travel changes culture, through travelers' tales, cultural displays, and new "attractions" from theme parks to "disaster tourism." Prerequisite: None
The twentieth century was the bloodiest century in history: for the first time techology made it possible for armed forces to engage in routine attacks on civilian populations, to kill indiscriminately and from a distance, to destroy entire cities from the air, to threaten the annihilation of humanity itself. Our experiences with war in the last century have set the stage for the wars we fight today; more than that, our responses to today's conflicts are predicated on ways of thinking about war, and about human conflict generally, that developed in the preceding century. In this course we will attempt to understand the wars of the last century, and the ways of thinking they have engendered, by looking at various cultural reactions to them: these will include books like Heller's Catch-22 , Ernst Junger's Storm of Steel, Duong Thu Huong’s Novel Without a Name, and films (as we have time) like "The Best Days of Our Lives," "Full Metal Jacket," "Breaker Morant" and more.
This class considers the human body as understood through atomistic determinism (Lucretius), humanistic reflection (Montaigne), social constructionism (Beauvoir), within the conditions of slavery (Williams) and as a product of biopower (Foucault). How each author conceives the body reveals something different about the nature of power. Prerequisite: background in political theory or philosophy
A performance class exploring repertoire for women's choir. Prerequisite: None
A forum for discussion of cross-cultural experience and international work, with participation by faculty, visiting professionals, alumni and current students. The sessions include an introduction to international resources at Marlboro and SIT, with discussion of area studies, internships, and Plans in international studies. Prerequisite: None
An eight-week seminar addressing "re-entry culture shock" and the integration of international field experiences into senior Plan work. Required of WSP seniors; for students returning from study or fieldwork abroad. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: Field experience abroad; required of WSP Seniors
Writer's Block
We will study the writing and presentation of mathematics. All skills needed for writing Plan-level math will be discussed, from the overall structure of a math paper down to the use of the typesetting package LaTeX. Much of the time will be spent working on writing proofs. Short papers, based on material in your other math classes, will be read and discussed as a group. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
For seniors writing a Plan in Political Theory. May be repeated for credit.
For many centuries, human beings considered life and death mainly in the context of the cosmos-the stars, rivers, spirits, ancestors, demons; healing systems were based on the need for the individual to be readjusted to society and the world. Increasingly, however, the West has come to think of illness and cure as a matter of the body, and Western medicine has probed deeper and deeper beneath human flesh, studying systems, tissues, cells, DNA. One result of this development has been the creation of a powerful Western medical establishment whose cultural importance exceeds its ability to cure the sick. This course is concerned with the development of Western medicine; we will cover ideals of disease and cure, the effect of disease on human history, and the cultural effects of assumptions about sex, heredity, and childbearing. Readings will include a history of medical thinking, a study of the effects of the Black Plague of 1348, and the diary of a midwife at the time of the American Revolution. Three 5-7 page papers, term paper, miscellaneous exercises. Prerequisite: None; (Limited to 15 students)
For many centuries, human beings considered life and death mainly in the context of the cosmos-the stars, rivers, spirits, ancestors, demons; healing systems were based on the need for the individual to be readjusted to society and the world. Increasingly, however, the West has come to think of illness and cure as a matter of the body, and Western medicine has probed deeper and deeper beneath human flesh, studying systems, tissues, cells, DNA. One result of this development has been the creation of a powerful Western medical establishment whose cultural importance exceeds its ability to cure the sick. This course is concerned with the development of Western medicine; we will cover ideals of disease and cure, the effect of disease on human history, and the cultural effects of assumptions about sex, heredity, and childbearing. Readings will include a history of medical thinking, a study of the effects of the Black Plague of 1348, and the diary of a midwife at the time of the American Revolution. Three 5-7 page papers, term paper, miscellaneous exercises. Prerequisite: None; (Limited to 15 students)
In this seminar we'll be writing about the contemporary native American experience in North America, and we'll ask ourselves two questions: first, what does it mean to be "native," and does it mean the same thing to everybody? Second, how does the history of conflict between European settlers and indigenous peoples play itself out in contemporary Native American literature, and in contemporary Native American life? Our primary reading will center mainly on fairly recent work. We will consider works representative of the diversity of Native American culture and art, and will also consider the work of non-Natives writing on Native themes. Secondary reading will include selections from Gloria Anzaldua, Jane Tompkins and Richard Rodriguez, among others, and we'll also read some poetry if time allows.
Inspired by the Ashtanga and Anusara yoga traditions, this class will focus on the practice of yogic postures, with attention to the flow of breath and movement, the focus of the mind, and the alignment of the body. The practice of yoga stretches and strengthens the body, calms and clears the mind, and promotes self-awareness.