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The New Collegiate Division offers a variety of interdisciplinary courses
in addition to those particularly related to the concentration programs.
One of the purposes of the division is to provide a forum for new ideas
in teaching--certainly only one such forum among many in the College and
the University, but for some teachers, and for some subjects cutting across
familiar academic lines, the most convenient one. These courses are as a
rule open to all students. Indeed, they usually aspire to attract students
with different interests and backgrounds.
212. Resolving the Environmental Crisis (=EnvStd 212). This course
analyzes the impact of human activity on the natural world that sustains
it. Topics include human population dynamics; economic growth, industrial
activity and human well-being; nature's resources; the decline of biodiversity;
prospects for sustainable development; and the role of cultural institutions
and values in these matters. The format includes reading diverse sources
and writing several short papers. Classes are evenly divided between lectures
and discussion. T. Steck. Autumn.
213. Managing the Environment (=EnvStd 213, LL/Soc 213, PubPol 213).
PQ: Econ 198 or higher. This course analyzes human interaction with
and intervention into the environment. Topics include resource management,
environmental and economic policy, environmental law, business initiatives,
and global environmental legislation. Also assessed are major national legislation
on Superfund, resource conservation and recovery, air quality, water quality,
hazardous chemicals, and endangered species. D. Coursey. Not offered
1996-97; will be offered 1997-98.
277. The Radicalism of Job and Ecclesiastes (=Fndmtl 246,
Hum 235, JewStd 235). Both Job and Ecclesiastes dispute a central doctrine
of the Hebrew Bible, namely, the doctrine of retributive justice. Each book
argues that a person's fate is not a consequence of his or her religio-moral
acts and thus the piety, whatever else it is, must be disinterested. In
brief, the authors of Job and Ecclesiates, each in his own way, not only
"de-mythologizes," but "de-moralizes" the world. The
students read the books in translation and discuss their theological and
philosophical implications. H. Moltz. Spring.
280. The World of the Biblical Prophets (=Hum 234, JewStd 234). This
course offers an in-depth analysis of the biblical prophets. Each prophet
is set in historical time and within a particular societal context, and
against this background a profile of the man is drawn. What was he like
as social reformer and religious thinker? What did he say no to in society
and no to in organized worship? And to what did he say yes? How was his
message received and what influence did it have in its day? And finally,
is the individual prophet merely a historical figure, a curiosity of antiquity,
or does he speak to us in our age? H. Moltz. Autumn.
297. Reading Course. PQ: Consent of faculty supervisor and program
chairman. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research
Course Form. Must be taken for a letter grade. This course is designed
for NCD students whose program requirements are best met by study under
a faculty member's individual supervision. Arrange the subject, course of
study, and requirements with the instructor. Staff. Summer, Autumn, Winter,
298. Reading Course. PQ: Consent of faculty supervisor and NCD master.
Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course
Form. May be taken P/F or for a letter grade. Students in divisions
other than the New Collegiate Division may arrange a tutorial with a member
of the NCD faculty. Registration for this course and information about the
tutorial arrangement must be reported to the office of the NCD master. Staff.
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring.
299. Independent Study. PQ: Consent of faculty supervisor and program
hairman. Must be taken P/F. Students are required to
submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Enrollment in this
course is restricted to NCD students. Staff. Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring.
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