II 310


Document Type

Course Change

Alternate Date

2007 - 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2006-2007 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: 2/20/07 SPONSORING PROGRAMS AND CHAIRS: Women’s Studies Program, Karen Honeycutt, 358-2505, khoneycutt@keene.edu Communication, Ann Atkinson, 358-2466, aatkinso@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSORS: Sara Hottinger, Women’s Studies and Philosophy Sander Lee, Philosophy PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes . Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: EXISTING (OLD) DATA: None PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: II 310 Love and Existentialism (4 credits) PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this interdisciplinary study of the writings of Beauvoir and Sartre, we will consider feminist, philosophical, literary, historical, and ethical analyses that examine whether genuine love is possible in existentialist thought. This course will be team-taught by Philosophy and Women’s Studies faculty members. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 & IQL 101. Spring COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to: • Explain and begin to apply some of the basic concepts in Women's Studies and Philosophy to the writings of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. • Compare and contrast their differing interpretations of existentialism and the effects of these differences on issues of gender and class. • Critically analyze and interpret literary, philosophical, and historical texts. • Explore the differences between interdisciplinary and disciplinary knowledges in the areas of Women's Studies and Philosophy. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Interdisciplinary Outcomes • Cross disciplinary boundaries to reveal new patterns and connections that reframe our assumptions about knowledge and knowledge production. Skills Outcomes • Reading: read with an awareness of purpose; identify goals to focus attention; ask questions that lead to greater understanding of material. • Writing: write with purpose; write for an audience; organize, state and develop ideas clearly; write with syntactical and grammatical competence; understand and value academic honesty; write with an organizational schema; ask questions that lead to a richer product. • Critical Thinking: demonstrate the ability and willingness to approach a particular idea, problem, task, or goal from multiple perspectives; ask sophisticated questions when engaging an idea, problem, task, or goal. • Critical Dialogue: organize what one wishes to convey; speak with purpose when conveying thoughts/ideas; avoid “fillers” (uh, you know, like) when conveying thoughts/ideas; use language appropriate for the audience or other discussion participants. Integrative Outcomes �� Ethics: identify the ethical issues within a discipline; solve an ethical problem associated with a discipline RATIONALE: To model for students interdisciplinary inquiry by taking advantage of the faculty’s complementary interests in the writings of Beauvoir and Sartre, with the expectation that students will be able to pursue their own interdisciplinary interests in this area. The materials in this course will be drawn from a number of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields of study (including history, literature, philosophy, and women’s studies) and will explore the ethical issues implicit in the existential analysis of romantic love as found in the writings of Beauvoir and Sartre. Because this is a discussion-based course, with student participation constituting a significant portion of the graded course requirements, this course is capped at 25 students with the permission of Dean Nona Fienberg. RESOURCES: Sara Hottinger, Women’s Studies and Philosophy Sander Lee, Philosophy We have already been in touch with librarians about additional curriculum resources. ADVISORY OPINIONS: Departments or programs affected by the addition of this course: Women’s Studies Communication, Journalism, and Philosophy


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II 310