Diane Hostetler, Eng/Drama LB1236 526-0196
Tom Kerns, Math/Science/Social Science
We make daily decisions and ask radio hosts whether we have done
the 'right thing." In order to do the 'right thing' we must examine
our ethics, personally and societally. This class will focus on how,
in our 'new world' as we become aware of new health threats we must
confront, we can make ethical choices about our future. The study
of how best to discern the difference between right and wrong will
be illuminated by the study of philosophical ethics, dramatic literature,
A coordinated studies program is different from regular courses.
We emphasize a sense of community where students and faculty learn
together. Students are encouraged to cooperate with each other and
be more responsible for their own learning. You will learn how to
read, write about, and discuss important works from classic philosophy,
traditional religion, modern science and postmodern criticism which
question or support different claims to knowing the truth.
In small seminars (see below) you will examine personal and cultural assumptions
and beliefs in light of several opposing world views. You will develop
more complex critical thinking skills so you can more confidently
affirm that which you believe to be true. The faculty team will provide
traditional lectures, facilitate the development of your academic
skills, and participate with you as a learner so as to create a productive
learning community. You will also learn how to interact with others
in online discussion groups.
This will be a "hybrid"
course, i.e., part of it will be done in the classroom and part online.
That means that in some weeks there may be more emphasis on the classroom
aspects of the course and in other weeks more emphasis on the online
The Online Component:
Because this is an on and off campus class, components
of online learning are an integral portion of this class. We will
meet with each other and the primary faculty for a three hour session
weekly during which time we will cover questions, lecture material
and some seminar material in preparation for the rest of our week
of 'online' study. It is expected that you will spend as many
hours online as you would in class as well as continue to do all of
the hours necessary for homework for a twelve credit class.
All assignments and announcements will
be made online. Seminar discussions will be held online as well as
in class. Questions for such seminars will be posed in the discussion
forum and students will be expected to post their ideas and responses
to other students in that forum. Assignments will be submitted both
online and in class.
How to Seminar: Please see these for helpful explanations and information
about class and online seminars.
What's in a seminar
Readings: (Subject to change)
- Mill (online)
- Kant (online)
- Miss Evers Boys by David
- What Science is and How it
- Duff Wilson: Fear in the Fields
- Ariel Dorfman, Death and the
- Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
(Houghton Mifflin, ISBN:0395683297)
- Kerns, Environmentally Induced Illnesses:
Ethics, Risk Assessment
and Human Rights (McFarland, ISBN: 0786408278)
- Pomerance,The Elephant Man (Grove
Press, ISBN: 0802130410)
- Ibsen/Miller, Enemy of the People
(Penguin, ISBN: 0140481400)
- Harr,Jonathen, A
Civil Action (Vintage)
- selected lecture, essays
and videos to be announced
The primary objective of this course is
to help you develop a solid foundation in academic knowledge, skills
and attitudes which will aid you throughout your college experience.
NSCC has identified some general education goals which we think are
important to work towards.
In the knowledge
area, by the end of the quarter you should
1. Understand some of the major ideas,
values, beliefs, that have shaped human history .
2. Understand artistic expression as an
essential human and cultural phenomenon
3. Understand moral and ethical principles
and theories that are integral to personal and interpersonal development.
4.. Identify and understand fundamental
concepts of the physical and life sciences, and the effects that the
uses of these concepts and resulting technologies have on the individual,
on society, and on the biosphere
5.. Understand the nature of the individual
and the relationship between the self and the community.
In the area of attitudes,
we hope you will
6.. Recognize the value of intellectual
inquiry, personal responsibility and ethical behavior.
7.. Discover the interdisciplinary nature
8.. Develop confidence in your own ability
to judge, analyze, and come to your own conclusions.
9,. Demonstrate a willingness to learn
from many cultures, persons, methods, and viewpoints.
10.. Appreciate different forms of written
expression, intellectually emotionally, and aesthetically.
11. Enjoy the process of working collaboratively
to understand and appreciate history, literature, philosophy, and
In the skill
area you will learn how to
12. Develop the ability to think critically
and clearly communicate ideas orally and in writing and on-line.
13. Improve your speaking and listening
and problems-solving skills, your verbal and non-verbal skills in
both group discussions/seminars and group presentations.
14. Access and evaluate information from
a variety of electronic sources.
15. Evaluate your own and others' oral
and written work.
16. Distinguish between your own ideas
and those that come from other sources.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION:
A. Book seminars:
in class and on line
Active participation in book seminars
is an essential part of this program. You will be taught the necessary
seminar skills and expected to demonstrate development in this area.
You will need to complete all reading assignments on time and attend
all seminars. You must prepare for each seminar with a type-written
response to the reading. Specific directions and expectations
will be presented. Your seminar papers will be turned in, responded
to, and recorded.
In addition to the seminar papers, three
more formal papers will be produced, with the help of peer and faculty
feedback, in a process that includes multiple drafts. All drafts,
type-written must be ready at the beginning of the assigned class
period. Late papers will not be tolerated. s.
You will be asked to reflect on the program objectives and requirements
and to assess how you are performing and developing at mid-quarter
and at the end of the quarter.
Attendance and full
participation at all scheduled lectures, workshops, and
seminars (on and offline) is your responsibility as part of a commitment
to the rest of the group and will be reflected in your evaluation.
For you to be successful you must arrange to meet all deadlines for
assigned reading, written seminar preparation, drafts of papers, and
research group work. In an emergency call or email the faculty and
leave a message.
Former students report that when they include studying together
in small informal groups they are much more successful.
You will receive the same grade for all 12 credits based on:
(attendance, paper and participation)
formal writing including revision process)
Completion of all assignments is required
for a passing grade. We see learning as a developmental process so
for your evaluation we will be looking for on going development in
your writing, seminar participation, and in the other requirement
Fulfills some of the
following AA degree requirements:
Science Tech, The Environment/Language
Individuals and Society
Register for 10 credits
from the following:
PHI 102 - Contemporary Moral Problems
PHI 118 - Practical Reasoning
and Decision Making
ENV 150 - Environmental Issues and Problems (5cr)
SCI 100 - Introduction to Science (5cr)
ENG 133: Introduction
to Dramatic Literature
Eng 102: English Composition
item number 1211 sectionC4
and for 2 credits from
PHI 298 - Special Topics
in Philosophy (2)
SCI 298 - Special Topics
in Science (2)
DRA 201 - Special Topics
in Theatre (2)
Your cooperative spirit will enhance the personal and academic
experience for all of us in this community of learners. We consider
it your responsibility to be prepared, to find out what you missed
if you are absent, and to contact us about problems. Please don't
In the classroom you will be expected
to be considerate of others by arriving at class on time and not engaging
in distracting behaviors. For the whole campus generally, NSCC has
policies which encourage a healthy environment including fragrance-free
classrooms and smoke-free areas.
Grading Criteria: Please click here to see the criteria used for final
We want to help each of you to succeed. Call us or stop by during
our office hours or make an appointment to discuss a problem before
it overwhelms youor us. We can usually help you work out a solution.
We are aware of and have services available to accommodate those with
special needs including learning and physical disabilities. The faculty
are open to suggestions for improvement in all aspects of the program.
We will be asking for your feedback throughout the quarter.