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New Collegiate

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, Spring.

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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