What's Love Got To Do With It?
Fall & Winter 2002-2003
Legislative Hearings on Thursday will be in L2127 (9-11) and L4004 (12:30-2:30).
Schedule of conferences with Chuck: this link
Click here for the Legislative Hearings schedule.
The Final (Potluck) will be on Friday, March 14, following the last two Legislative Hearings. Place to be announced.
explores the historical evolution and contemporary dilemmas of courtship,
marriage, sexual mores, and family life. Much of our focus is on heterosexual
relations, but not because we assume them to be the only natural or healthy
relations. It is precisely because we acknowledge the frequency and viability
of alternative forms of sexuality, love, and commitment, that we take
this critical look at the historical development, dynamics, and conflicts
in heterosexual romance, courting, sexuality, and marriage.
Many of our
topics will be controversial. We seek not simple answers but intelligent
questions to inform our study. Students are expected to consider several
different points of view, to fairly evaluate arguments with which they
disagree, and to explore the possible contradictions or exceptions to
their own positions. You should expect to back up your position with concrete
examples and logical argumentation, and be prepared to be challenged to
defend your positions. We will help you do this better in both your seminar
contributions and your writing.
This program will prepare students for more advanced work in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, it will sharpen skills of critical reading, in-depth analysis and argumentation. Workshops will emphasize grounding students in quantitative reasoning and expository writing. A side benefit, but not the main intent of the program, will be a better understanding of our own interpersonal concerns and conflicts, as we learn to put them in context, understand their origins, and see the larger social forces that affect even the supposedly most private, individual aspects of our lives. The field research component of the program will require students to spend a full day (either Tuesday or Wednesday) in the public schools. We hope that will provide an added set of experiences that will be helpful in future work. Because this is a demanding and intensive program, students should not normally attempt to work more than 15 hours a week.
|last updated: 3/11/2003|