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FIRST-YEAR INTENSIVE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ARTS 204 Sacred Space

In Sacred Space, we explore a language of interdependence in the human relationship with the natural world at a time when, due to the threats of climate change, a transformation in human awareness is critically important. Spatial archetypes express in form some basic ways that energy lives and works in our human consciousness, in the built environment and in the natural world. In this class, we integrate the practice and theory of dialogue with the study of these archetypes and their relevance for us. The play of duality is a defining aspect of most archetypal forms; we will explore this essential dynamic in its human, cultural and natural expressions, practice it ourselves in the process of dialogue. The class draws on myths, stories and other texts, images, architecture and music from diverse cultures, and requires several short written essays, a commitment on each student’s part to a practice of their choosing, and in-depth individual projects developed as research studies or art projects.

Professor Sarah Buie

EDUC 152 - Complexities of Urban Schooling

An inquiry into the challenging social and academic questions that pervade urban education using linguistic, sociological and psychological perspectives. Through lecture, discussion and field work, students will explore challenges faced by educators. The course is for undergraduate students interested in educational studies, and is also a prerequisite for the Education minor and for the Master of Arts in Teaching graduate program.

Professor Raphael Rogers

HIST 128 - History of Modern Israel

This course surveys the history of modern Israel, from its roots in the Hebrew revival of the late nineteenth century to the contemporary fate and future of Jewish statehood in its immediate Middle Eastern setting. Looking at literature, journalism and historical writing, we will examine the development of the Jewish national idea as a source of social criticism, the basis for collective action and personal discipline as well as the inspiration for religious and artistic innovation. Focusing on salient political events, conflicts and personalities, and on the evolution of political culture in the modern Jewish state, the course will address the values, concerns and ideals that continue animate and inform the Jewish national ethos as a source of meaning for Israeli Jews at home and abroad.

Professor Olga Litvak