New Academic Frontiers in 05 Summer Sessions

Recently Designed and Highly Transferable Courses Offer Topical Interest and General Education Credit




These courses will appeal both to our traditional credit students and to those in the community and its businesses who seek to broaden their awareness of the world and the place of political ideas and of religion in current events. They were designed and approved after the 2003-6 catalog was issued.

Descriptions of these courses are on the web site, and in the current tabloid. Summaries appear below. Courses are offered at convenient, varied times Prof. Rothman will teach these courses.

SESSION A -- PHI 220 / POL 220 Philosophy of Politics -- Power, Legitimacy, Justice, and Revolution -- T, R 6:00-9:30 p.m..

Examines the ideas explaining how politics works and how the great thinkers think it should work. The course surveys contrasting views on liberty and order, fairness and obligation, stability and change, pluralism and equality, liberalism and the state, law and anarchy, capitalism and socialism, and challenges posed by globalization.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Society and Human Behavior. Students may obtain transfer credit for this course for political philosophy, political theory, history of political thought, or other requirements in political science or philosophy.

SESSION B -- REL 235 / ENG 235 Encounters Between Religions -- Taught Through Literature -- M, W 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., and T, R 6:00-9:30 p.m.

A nonsectarian look at the dynamics of encounters between religions. This course looks at the way religions are characterized in a set of novels and films, exploring both the literary power of the novels and the richness of the religions depicted. The course was successfully offered in Summer 2004, and in Spring 2005 will be available within the Mercer academic year.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Society and Human Behavior, and in Diversity. Students who have passed ENG102 may take this course for Literature credit (Aesthetic Perspective) as well. Students may obtain transfer credit for this course in literature or in religious studies .