C21 Summer Cross-Disciplinary Courses
Justice Across Boundaries
This summer 2014, a select group of faculty from Drama, Philosophy, Communication, and Design will offer an innovative set of jointly constructed courses organized around a common theme of justice. Students will work in teams to explore and develop cross-disciplinary perspectives and projects related to this theme, with the overarching goal of engaging students in the intellectual work of context and connection.
The courses will meet separately on Mondays and Wednesdays and together for Friday workshops in which students from each of the four courses will work in teams to develop final presentations on a particular aspect of justice. The team presentations will take place at a conference on Justice Across Boundaries to be held on Saturday, Aug. 9. The conference on Aug. 9 will be the last meeting for each class.
Students who participate will sign up for one of four allied courses:
Studying how scientists use rhetoric to communicate, and how nonscientists use rhetoric to argue about science and its effects, you will discover the means of persuasion available to shape science, its products, and the relationship between both and the publics that surround them.
In this course you will explore conceptual problem-solving employing some of the fundamental principles of visual communication. Collaboratively solving problems in visual design will also help you to develop your critical, analytical, and verbal skills.
This course will explore the various forms the narrative impulse has taken particularly in western civilization in order to enable you to better employ these forms as practitioners in order to convey meaning. Since all stories are signs of something else or metaphorical in nature, the uses of storytelling can suggest or imply themes, ideas, concepts, morality, ethics, behavior, devotion and persuasion.
The course will integrate work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, economics, and relevant research in the natural and biological sciences with work in philosophy, political theory, and communication to explore how these various disciplines contribute to our understanding of justice.