Fall 2017 Courses, Liberal Arts Diploma Program, Walnut Grove Campus

 

 

Dr. Melinda Kingsbury, Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Walnut Grove Campus

An overview of literature in English from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Restoration, beginning with the epic poem Beowulf and ending with Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man. Poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose will be covered. This is a writing course that also incorporates instruction in elementary English grammar and syntax.

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

   • Engage with and discuss a broad scope of literature written in the English language, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Restoration

   • Read a literary work through its formal elements as well as its historical context

   • Write competently at the university level

Course Details:

   • English grammar: Elementary rules of usage

   • Elementary principles of composition

   • What is literature; Anglo-Saxon; Middle Ages; Renaissance; the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

 

St. Crispin’s Day Speech, Kenneth Branagh, Henry V (William Shakespeare), 1989, Universal Pictures (UK)

Fr. William Ashley, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Walnut Grove Campus

An introduction to Latin grammar and basic vocabulary. Students will also have the opportunity to read, in Latin, excerpts from a variety of Latin classics drawn from the ancient world, Middle Ages, and Renaissance. The course will end with an examination of the contemporary use of Latin for professionals, Latin on the Internet, and Latin in the liturgy.

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

   • Read and understand excerpts drawn from Latin texts

   • Translate simple passages drawn from Latin texts (from Latin to English)

   • Understand, in broad strokes, the history and culture of Roman civilization

   • Understand the importance of the contemporary use of Latin in key professions (law, healthcare, pharmacology, botany)

   • Be familiar with the use of Latin on the Internet

   • Be familiar with the basic parts of the Mass in Latin

Course Details:  Declining nouns and adjectives; conjugating verbs; excerpts from Julius Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Virgil, Ovid; excerpts from the Vulgate, excerpts from Augustine, Aquinas, More; introduction to professional Latin (law, healthcare, pharmacology, botany)

Image: The Pantheon in Rome with inscription, "Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, made [this building] when consul for the third time."

Romans Go Home, Monty Python's Life of Brian, 1979, Orion Pictures/Warner Bros 

Loranne Brown, Fridays, 9 am to 1 pm, Walnut Grove Campus

An overview of contemporary forms of media, including contemporary print, video, audio, websites, and social media.

   • Identify and describe the various forms of contemporary media and discuss their impact on society and culture

   • Identify and describe the various forms of patronage, advertising, and finance in media

   • Identify and describe the various technologies used in producing digital media

   • Build a website using a content management system (Joomla or WordPress)

   • Create a media campaign using online digital technologies

Course Details:  Sheetfed presses and digital printing; digital books; social media; websites; Google marketing & search engine optimization; Apple; Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak; Adobe Creative; videography, video and audio editing; media distribution; the future of television and the 30 second commercial

Video: OnwardInternet.com

Fr. David Bellusci, O.P., Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 am to 11 am, Walnut Grove Campus

A study of ancient philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Augustine. Through a close reading of the work of some of the main figures in Greek, Roman, and early Christian philosophy, the course will outline the predominant theories of nature and knowledge at play in ancient philosophy, and evaluate their lasting impact on the Christian world-view.

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

   • Recognize valid and fallacious patterns of logical reasoning

   • Synthesize philosophical arguments

   • Understand the broad outline of the history of ancient philosophy

   • Render a detailed and articulate account of the way in which the Hellenic tradition influenced Christian thought, and how that thought was transformed into something new in the process

Course Details:  The pre-Socratics; the Apology of Socrates; Plato on Religion and Politics; Plato on Beauty and the Soul; Aristotle on Logic and Metaphysics; Aristotle on Virtue Ethics; Aristotle on Friendship; Cicero on Friendship; Epicurus and the Epicureans; Zeno and the Stoics; Epictetus and Christianity; Marcus Aurelius and the Roman Empire; Augustine and Neo-Platonism; Boethius

Image: Plato and Aristotle are the central figures in Raphael's "School of Athens". Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Narrated by Orson Welles, 1973, Churchill Films

Fr. David Bellusci, O.P., Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Walnut Grove Campus

A study of the historical context of modern philosophy, beginning with the converging influences of Christianity and classical humanism upon the Renaissance and early modern conception of humans and the world, and ending with an exploration of the social and political consequences of the ideas of key modern and post-modern philosophers.

   • Recognize valid and fallacious patterns of logical reasoning; synthesize philosophical arguments; understand the broad outline of the history of modern philosophy

   • Render a detailed and articulate account of the equilibrium between the two forces of Christianity and classical humanism in the ethos of Baroque culture and literature

   • Outline and explain the long-term effect of the division of Christendom in the period from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

   • Understand the metaphysical and epistemological frameworks in which practical, revolutionary ideas were historically developed in modernity and postmodernity

Course Details:  What is modernity? The historical context of the Renaissance and early modern era; Renaissance humanism: Erasmus and More; Francis Bacon, Essays; Pascal and Jansenism; Locke on theory and practice; John Stuart Mill and utilitarianism; Mary Wollstonecraft; Rousseau, Kant, Hegel; Nietzsche on God and morality; Marx; Heidegger and the Twentieth Century; What is Postmodernity?

Image: 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, by Gustav-Adolf Schultze (d. 1897) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Red Pill or Blue Pill? The Matrix, 1999, Warner Brothers

Dr. Germain McKenzie, Fridays, 9 am to 1 pm, Walnut Grove Campus

The religious sense, or the religious dimension in life, has been defined as that level of the human person’s nature through which he or she asks “ultimate questions, searching for the ultimate meaning of life in all its hidden facets and implications” (Luigi Guisanni, The Religious Sense). This quest has been an integral part of human history and comprises the stories of all cultures. Explore these “ultimate questions” and the human desire for goodness, beauty, truth, justice, & happiness, through the use of literature, film, & music.

   • Reflect on personal experience and discern the structural elements of self-awareness and human desire; read literature, view film, and understand music in relation to structures of human desire; reflect philosophically in a basic way by relating different cultural proposals to personal structures of human desire and experience

   • Understand the phenomenon of the religious sense in a comparative religious context by looking at key literary and artistic works drawn from a wide variety of cultures

   • Understand the way in which what it means to use human reason has shifted in a post-Christian culture, by comparing classical Christian conceptions of reason with key modern conceptions

Course Details:  The meaning of the religious sense; reason; human experience and judgment; the morality of knowing, including the role feelings and affectivity play in human knowing; the nature of freedom and loss of freedom; the experience of the sign and the adventure of interpretation

Jerusalem, 2013, National Geographic Entertainment

Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P., Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 am to 11 am, Walnut Grove Campus

A study of the many ways in which humans experience the phenomenon of the sacred through symbol, ritual, doctrine and experience within a variety of religious traditions and cultures. A number of primary texts will be selected to illustrate core thematic issues in a particular religious tradition’s understanding of human life and its relationship to the sacred. These themes include: the existence of God; the concept of God; the relationship of faith and reason; the problem of evil and suffering; the question of religion and morality; the problem of free will and determinism; the nature of the human person; ritual; beliefs about the afterlife; attitudes to nature; the problem of atheism.

   • Understand religious studies as an academic discpline with a variety of methodologies; understand and identify the different strands in each of the world’s major religions

   • Interpret religious texts in their socio-political and historical contexts; demonstrate an in-depth comparative understanding of key themes inherent to each religious tradition; identify commonalities and core differences between the world’s major religions

Course Details:  Interpreting sacred texts; the concepts of inspiration and revelation; the existence of God, theism and atheism; concepts of God; religious understandings of the self; religion and morality; the problem of evil and suffering; ritual; religious attitudes to the natural world; eschatology and the afterlife; life after God

Image: A pilgrim's view on the way up Mt. Sinai — in the footsteps of Moses.

Jerusalem, 2013, National Geographic Entertainment

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am to 11 am, Walnut Grove Campus

Ecology is the study of the relationship between living organisms and their environment. This course will provide an overview of the basic principles of ecology with a view to heightening students’ appreciation of the awe-inspiring web of relationships humans are embedded in. Our in-class examination of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems will be enhanced by a series of field trips.

   • Render a detailed and articulate account of the basic principles of ecology

   • Understand the evolution, biodiversity and ecology of living organisms

   • Study populations of living organisms to understand their behaviour, particularly in relation to the dynamics of competition, cooperation and survival

   • Understand the way in which various organisms interact with air, water, soil and radiation from the sun

   • Understand what is meant by sustainable development and biodiversity

Course Details:  Organisms in their environment: the evolutionary backdrop; species interactions; communities and ecosystems; human ecology; sustainable development; Catholic Social Teaching regarding the environment

Image: The Blue Marble by NASA/ GSFC/ NOAA/ USGS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Fifth Assessment Report, Synthesis Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change