Communication Arts & Sciences
W11 The Gospel of John as a Greek Tragedy. Many biblical scholars consider the Gospel of John to be a brilliant piece of writing that reshaped ancient Greek tragedy, a cultural form of writing that was nearly dead at the time of John’s writing. Just prior to John’s life, Greek tragedy had been considered one of the most valuable and important theatrical genres of antiquity. In this course, students study how John first understood the meaning of Greek tragedy and how, as an inspired writer, he sanctified the form through the writing of his gospel. The course focuses on the dynamic influence that the gospel of John has on our thinking. Students investigate the following questions: How did Greek tragedy influence the writing of the gospel? What does it mean to communicate the gospel truth through a poetic form? How does the artistic nature of the gospel shape our understanding of God’s world and our relationship to God? Issues such as inspiration, message, myth, truth and identity will inform and provoke our discussions about the relationship between art and Bible. Students will learn the literary study of a biblical text, aesthetic theory as it relates to biblical studies and how the gospel of John relates to the art of tragedy. Student evaluation will be based on class participation and essays. A. Visky. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W40 English Language by Rail. (MAY) Students explore the dialects of the English Language within a historical context. While in Great Britain, students travel by rail through different regions, collecting samples of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish dialects and visiting important linguistic sites. By collecting samples from each of these regions, students learn about the history of English as it is spoken in the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as in the United States. Students must present on the features of the dialect samples they collect and write papers that summarize their readings, analyses of data, and interviews in each region. Students are evaluated on the quality of their papers, presentations, transcriptions and discussions. CCE credit is available with additional readings and journal assignments. This course may fulfill an elective in the Speech Pathology major. Course Dates: May 23-June 10. Fee: $3996. J. Vander Woude. Off campus.
W42 Samurai & Western Films. This course compares Japanese samurai films with the American Western by investigating the way these two genres have developed samurai and gunslingers as the heroic embodiments of their respective cultures. Students watch a number of paired films from these genres (such as The Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven; Unforgiven and The Twilight Samurai), and discuss recurring themes that are closely tied to the myths of both countries. These themes include portrayals of law and order, gender roles, violence as an aesthetic form and redemptive myth, the role of the landscape as an embodiment of a culture, and representations of heroism and rebellion. Students will be evaluated on the basis of daily participation, class presentations, and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the CAS major. P. Goetz. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W60 Digital Cinematography. This class covers the advanced elements of digital cinematography for field narrative production. Through the viewing and analysis of specific case studies as well as practical work and sequenced assignments, students explore the following areas of cinematography: visualization, composition, lighting, and camera movement. Students are required to film and edit four scenes using of the technical principles developed during the class, this includes among others: story boarding, interior and exterior lighting, dolly and Steady Cam operation, etc. Student evaluation is based on technical and creative proficiency in the different areas covered during the course, as exhibited by their film and editing projects. Prerequisite: CAS 190. D. Garcia. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
101 Oral Rhetoric. This course is intended for only those students in the Engineering program. Students examine the principles of oral and visual rhetoric, with an emphasis on guided practice in the development of effective speeches. The course leads students to understand the role of rhetoric in society, to think critically about rhetorical situations and practices, and to gain proficiency in the art of rhetoric. Students must complete the following: three graded presentations, three short un-graded presentations, a written critique paper, and an exam. M. Steelman-Okenka. 8:30 a.m. to noon or 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W31 Murder 101: Mystery & Detective Fiction. G. Pauley.
IDIS W33 The Human Voice. B. Macauley.
IDIS W52 The Cries of Wolves. M. Page.