The Methods of Inquiry (MOI) course, CORE 1929, is the bridge that connects the Foundation Tier courses in Philosophy, Theology, and Rhetoric with the multi-disciplinary examination of a theme within the Discovery Tier. Each MOI examines a single topic or question from the vantage point of three distinct disciplines. This approach prepares students for the Discovery Tier, which provides a deeper dive into multi-disciplinary examinations of themes related to our basic needs and assumptions.
Methods of Inquiry Schedule, Fall 2020
MW 11-11:50 AM
Angela Sorby, English
Tim Cigelski, OMC
Stephen Hudson-Mairet, Digital Media and Performing Arts
In all areas of our lives, creativity is used to unlock new ideas and perspectives. In many ways, creativity is key to solving problems, developing new strategies, creating new paradigms, and becoming change agents in the world. What does it mean to be creative and how can students become the “creative” type? How do the “creative” people learn the rules and structures of our world and have the freedom to see beyond these existing structures in order to create something new? Finally, how is creativity, and creative expression central to our collective humanity? In this class we will investigate creativity seeking to explore big questions (with possibly no answers) with faculty from English, Computer Science/Engineering, and Theatre Arts.
Health and Well-being: Care, Language, and Politics
T-Th 9:30-10:20 AM
Brittany Pladek, English
Philip Rocco, POSC
What does it mean to be “healthy”? Is being healthy the same thing as being “well”? What sorts of factors affect our wellbeing, and to what extent are we in control of our own health? The answers might surprise you! In this Methods of Inquiry class on “Health and Wellbeing,” we’ll turn “wellbeing” inside out by examining it from the perspectives of practitioners, policy, and patients. Working with faculty from Nursing, Political Science, and English, we will explore what “holistic” health means, why it’s essential for people, and how we can promote it through medical care, political initiatives, and empathetic witnessing.
Race, Representation, and Resistance
T-Th 5-5:50 PM
Sheena Carey, COMM
Donte McFadden, Educational Opportunity
Our society has been shaped by race and racism. How do we think about race, talk about race, and see race in the United States? Using the trifocal lens of philosophy, rhetoric, and media studies, explore the past, present, and future of race relations in the United States.
Rock and Roll and the U.S.: Its Histories, Its Technologies, Its Trauma
T-Th 11-11:50 AM
Stephen Saunders, Psychology
Elaine Spiller, Mathematics and Statistics
The stories of rock music and 20th century America are intimately intertwined. Rock artists did not just respond to what was happening in the country, they also influenced--perhaps sometimes even determined--what happened. This course will examine rock from its inception and how it both reflected and shaped historical events, technological advancements, and the general psychological state (the zeitgeist) of the country. Whether related to the development of the electric guitar, the civil rights movements, or the traumas of Watergate and Vietnam, rock music has been an intrinsic part of American society since the 1950s. This course will demonstrate to students how perspectives of historians, math and computer scientists, and psychologists offer a nuanced understanding of the profound interplay of U.S. society and rock music.