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█ PHILOSOPHY AT THE MOVIES
TO POLAR BEARS: █ PENGUINS JOURNEYS ACROSS THE ICE Matt Drennan Course limit: 15 This course is a general introduction to the Arctic and Antarctica. We begin by examining the unique ecologies of the polar regions by reviewing the life histories of some iconic polar creatures: polar bear, arctic tern, emperor penguin, and others. This ecological framework provides a backdrop for review of the history of exploration in these harsh regions. The search for the Northwest Passage and the quest for the poles captured western attention for hundreds of years, and the stories of hardship, heroism, absurdity, and sheer luck are compelling. The course concludes with an examination of the human ecology of both poles — politics, resource exploitation, tourism, and rapid climate change affecting both regions. Evaluations are based on participation, papers, and an independent project.
█ PERSONALITY & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Rich Borden Course limit: 15 This course provides a theoretical and practical look at the emotional, cognitive, social, and behavioral development of humans. It covers the full life span of human development with some special concentration on school age children. Topics of prenatal development and personality disorders are also presented. In addition, the course focuses on several of the more popular learning, social learning, and educational theories. During the first part of the course, readings are selected from original sources and discussed (e.g. Erikson, Freud, Adler, Gilligan). Later the discussions become directed more toward specific social and development issues (e.g. sex roles, the family, education, personal growth, death, and dying). Participation in the discussions and three papers are required. Offered every year.
John Visvader & Colin Capers Course limit: 20 The enormous success of movies has proven their entertainment value, but movies have also been used to explore concepts and situations that are on the frontiers of imagination and serve as a unique medium for articulating the limits of human possibility. Films can not only be taken as illustrations of various philosophical issues but can also be a unique way of working through philosophical issues that can hardly be stated in other media. This class examines a series of films that raise issues dealing with the nature and limits of the human and natural worlds. Besides class discussions, there are lab classes each week devoted to screening films of conceptual interest. A series of short analytical papers are required. Writing focus optional.
█ PHILOSOPHY OF MIND (INTRODUCTION TO) John Visvader Course limit: 15 Despite the efforts of thousands of years of study and speculation we still do not have a clear and coherent conception of the nature of the mind and its relation to the body. This class serves as a basic introduction to critical thinking by examining in detail several contemporary theories of the mind and the kinds of puzzles and paradoxes they produce. It also serves as a basic introduction to philosophy as the problem of the mental involves issues in ethics, metaphysics, logic, religion as well as the allied sciences of psychology, neuro physiology and cognitive science. This course is discussion focused and evaluation will be based on two take home exams and class participation.
█ PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE John Visvader Course limit: 25 Because of the number of serious environmental problems that face the modern world, the theories and images that guide our interaction with nature have become problematic. This course examines various attempts to arrive at a new understanding of our role in the natural world and compares them with the philosophies of nature that have guided other peoples in other times and other places. Topics range from Taoism and Native American philosophies to deep ecology and scientific ecological models. Readings include such books as Uncommon Ground, Walden, and Practice of the Wild.
This is the College of the Atlantic Guidebook prospectus for 2014