Course description and requirements, Fall 2005
Objective: to explore cosmologies and worldviews from three major periods in history -- the Classical era, the Renaissance and Modern times. Through a variety of literary and scientific texts we shall consider the multitude of ways -- physical, spiritual, moral, psychological, philosophical -- that worlds may be constructed, values created or destroyed, lives charted in relation to a universe.
NEXA 380 is part of the following Segment III clusters:
(1) Religious Studies, (2) Science and Human Values and (3) Ideas and the Making of Culture
To receive Segment III credit for this course, you must complete the cluster as described in the Class Schedule and Bulletin, including the requirement that you have earned 60 units by the end of the semester in which you take the course.
Segment III courses are required to include a minimum of 10 pages of writing corrected by the instructor. This course meets or exceeds that minimum requirement.
Classes will consist mainly of guided discussion of the assigned readings, with occasional lectures by one or both of the instructors, especially as regards the introduction of scientific ideas. All students are expected to participate in class discussions, which contribute 20% of your class grade. We shall also view a selection of films and videos.
The exam will take the form of a paper to be written during a one week period. Paper must be typed, double-spaced, be at least six pages long, and you should turn in two copies, one for each instructor.Final Project due Wednesday Nov 30th
In your project you should show how a world view is constructed, either by completing an original work (story, poetry, painting, musical composition) or by completing an extensive investigation into a cultural, ethnic or socially diverse worldview that we have not discussed in class (or have discussed but you would like to expolore in more depth). For example, you may wish to study the extension of our ideas to another culture ( e.g. Mayan, Egyptian, etc.). Should you choose to create a work of your own, it must be accompanied by an extensive written discussion that explains your ideas and how they are related to the material we have studied in class and its diversity as it pertains to cosmology and world views. The writing component of this project should be at least 10 pages.
Please discuss your ideas with one or both of the instructors prior
to submitting your topic statement.
If you wish to use a web site as a reference in your paper, please refer to the following site for the appropriate format: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/cgos/idx_basic.html
While web articles may be used for reference, cut and paste is plagiarism. Any and all forms of plagiarism will result in a grade of F for your paper.
Please submit TWO copies of each written assignment, as both
will be reading them.
Grading will be based on:
Learning objectives for this course.
Learning outcomes for this course.
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