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Identity | We, Myself, & Why (Dedicated Semester 2017)

Dedicated Semester Courses

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Courses for the 2017 Dedicated Semester
Identity: We, Myself, and Why?

Please note that many of the courses on this list fulfill requirements in majors, as special topics or in a specific area, or as general education courses. For some courses this is indicated by number/letter; for others, students should consult with their advisors during the registration process.

HST 314:  Holocaust: Memory, History, and Identity   3 credits

Examines the Holocaust In the context of that ‘most terrible century’, the twentieth-century. It seeks to explain why and how genocide became the common vocabulary of the twentieth-century, how memory, myth, and myopia transformed the lived experiences of human beings into the lexicon of death, and how suffering and pain were transformed into abstract representation and outright denial.

COM 102:  Public Speaking   3 credits

Acquaints the student with a sound approach to the preparation and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Students will study the fundamentals of organization, outlining, and supporting materials and apply these principles in the planning and delivery of several speeches before the class. 

COM 494:  Special Topics in Communication – Identity   3 credits

Identity is among the most ubiquitous concepts of our time. We often wrestle with both individual and collective identities, trying to sort out who we are on practical and philosophical levels. In this course, students will explore how identities are formed, performed, and transformed. Through the lens of social and communication theory, we will address identity as a personal, cultural, and political construct, contemplating issues such as the nature of the self, difference, stigma, and various aspects of identity like race, sexuality, gender, and/or nationality.

PHL 225:  The Future of Technology and Ethics3 credits

This course will undertake a philosophical reflection on ethical challenges arising from various technological developments, including computers, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, as well as movements toward globalization and global climate change.

FAS 308:  Dress History   3 credits

Studies the origin and development of costume from the early Mediterranean period to the present. Special focus on the change in form and function of dress in relation to the cultural and aesthetic environment in which dress was and is used, including social, religious, political, economic, and technological factors. 

EDU 270:  Introduction to Learner Diversity   3 credits

Investigates the principles of universal design and differentiated instruction and their application in the psychology and education of exceptional learners. Includes an examination of cultural diversity, English Language Learning, and intellectual and physical ability in conjunction with the classroom community. Strategies for connecting instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners are explored through theories of learning, consultation and collaboration, and technology exploration.

PSY 305:  Personality Psychology   3 credits

Personality psychology involves the scientific study of the enduring patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that characterize individuals and influence their behavior. This course provides an overview of techniques, procedures, and findings from the field of personality psychology. Attention is paid to the historical background of various perspectives, but the primary emphasis of the course is on contemporary theory and research as well as discussion of critical issues in the field.

PSY 312:  Positive Psychology   3 credits

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the positive, adaptive, creative, and  emotionally fulfilling aspects of the human experience. In this course, we will discuss elements such as values, strengths, and virtues, specifically focusing on topics such as happiness, optimism, work satisfaction, and relationships.

INT 190:  Career Decision Making   3 credits

This course is designed to provide assistance to students deciding on a career field or seeking a career change. You will be asked to engage in activities that will provide an opportunity to increase self-knowledge and build confidence that impacts choice of major and career, help you see how college experiences prepare you for career, identify career-related resources, and work towards finding your purpose.

REL 340:  Catholic Identity Since the Reformation   3 credits

In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, the course examines the diverse identities cultivated by Catholics and Protestants during this period. The course analyzes the influence not only of religious cultures on each community but also the influence expressed by the popular cultures of Europe and the America and also of the intellectual climate of the Enlightenment.  Ultimately, the course identifies lines of unity and diversity within Catholic and Protestant communities that give meaning to contemporary interest in ecumenism and interfaith exchanges.

ENG 304:  Creative Nonfiction: Identity and the Personal Essay   3 credits

More than anything else we derive our sense of self and identity from our personal experiences and the stories we tell about ourselves and those around us. Since Montaigne and Bacon, the essay, which has its etymology in French and Latin words meaning to ascertain, weigh, or measure, has been a means of exploring and measuring both the self and the worlds in which self emerges. In this course, students will explore identity not only for what it reveals about themselves but also for what the unpretentious and intimate exploration of identity and personal experience reveals about the world and what it means to be human. The main activity of the course will be writing essays that the course will workshop together with the goal of producing one or more publishable works. Students will read quality essays from both classical and contemporary literature as models and will also explore elements of prose style and its relationship to writer voice and identity.

SOC 293:  Diversity and Inequality   3 credits

Provides an introduction to diversity studies from a sociological basis. Topics include identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, power and inequality, prejudice, discrimination, and social policy. The goal of this course is to provide a forum in which ideas about diverse relations and one’s identity are addressed analytically, critically, and openly with dialogue and content based in sociological, historical, and multicultural contexts.


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What IS a Dedicated Semester?

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The tradition of the Dedicated Semester began in the fall of 2007 with a campus-wide exploration of Judaism. Each fall, the Fontbonne University sponsors a different subject for the semester. With cooperation from schools, divisions, departments, and programs across the university, our campus community explores a new theme. Academic departments contribute courses that are the core curriculum of  the Dedicated Semester, which is also supported by a variety of co-curricular activities and events.

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