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Spring 2018

How We Think (MALS667)

  • Mondays, 6-9 p.m.
  • Instructor: Joan DelFattore

Picture, if you will, the politician of your choice. Now picture someone whose view of that politician is the opposite of yours. How is it possible for you to be so sure that you're right, while others are equally convinced that you're wrong?

What factors influence our decision-making in ways we don't consciously recognize?

What happens inside our brains when we're confronted with evidence that contradicts our cherished beliefs?

How We Think will draw on psychology, literature, history, and memoir to spark discussions of how humans perceive, and construct, reality. In addition to the reading, the course will involve two response papers, a personal essay, quizzes, and a final paper. Examples of the readings include James Pennebaker's The Secret Life of Pronouns, Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, George Orwell's 1984, and excerpts from Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow.    

The Arts in Context: Drama in Performance (MALS617)

  • Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
  • Instructor: Kevin Kerrane

This course proceeds from the premise that drama is designed to be performed, not just read.  To that end, we will focus on Spring 2018 productions by UD's Resident Ensemble Players, and several members of that group will be visiting our class.  Other visitors will include directors, designers, and reviewers.  In addition, we'll look for opportunities to attend plays off campus, including optional trips to Wilmington and Philadelphia.  The course will also include a unit on film adaptation, and each student can choose one work by a major playwright (such as Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, or August Wilson) to see ways that a movie reworks a dramatic text.  "Drama in Performance" will not require acting talent (as the professor himself will illustrate), but each class meeting will include brief, unrehearsed readings from the plays being discussed.

Two Cultures: Four Epochs (MALS667)

  • Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Jungck

This course will focus on iSTEAM (Interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). We will address the classic division between STEM and the arts and humanities and how we might build a "Third Culture." We will couple four plays/movies with counterparts in science, technology, and society texts: Bertolt Brecht's Galileo with his notion of revolutionary theater with Thomas S. Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions; Jerome Lawrence's and Robert Edwin Lee's Inherit the Wind with Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species as an abolitionist anti-slavery, anti-racism thesis; Anna Ziegler's play Photograph 51 about Rosalind Franklin's role in the discovery of the structure of DNA with Anne Fausto Sterling's Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men on sexism in science;  and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race with Robert Moses and Charles Cobb's Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights.


Environmental Ethics (MALS648)

  • Instructor: Tom Powers

Ethical problems associated with environmental protection, local, national, and international. Relations to social and political movements. Seminar format. Cross-listed with Philosophy and Urban Affairs & Public Policy.

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