Summer Institute Course Offerings

A Unique Learning Opportunity in Summer Quarter:

A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Justice


Please encourage students to enroll in a unique summer quarter learning opportunity to take one of four allied courses (COM 330, DESIGN 300, DRAMA 303, and PHIL 307).  As an undergraduate learning initiative in the College of Arts & Sciences, this Summer Institute provides opportunities for students to develop and apply a variety of liberal learning skills through integrated cross-disciplinary methods.  These courses have no prerequisites and are open to students in all majors.  The courses will meet separately on Mondays and Wednesdays and together for Friday workshops in which students from each of the four courses will work in teams to develop final presentations on some aspect of justice.  The team presentations will take place at a conference on Justice Across Boundaries to be held on Saturday, Aug. 9.  The conference on Aug. 9 will be the last meeting for each class.  Students who are interested in participating should sign up for one of the four allied courses:


COM 330.  Rhetoric of Science (Professor Leah Ceccarelli)

MW 1:10 – 3:20 in CMU 228 and F 12:00 – 2:20 in OUGL 136

Studying how scientists use rhetoric to communicate, and how nonscientists use rhetoric to argue about science and its effects, you will discover the means of persuasion available to shape science, its products, and the relationship between both and the publics that surround them.


DESIGN 300. Design + Thinking (Professor Christopher Ozubko)

MW 9:40 – 11:50 in ART 247 and F 12:00 – 2:20 in OUGL 136

In this course you will explore conceptual problem-solving employing some of the fundamental principles of visual communication.  Collaboratively solving problems in visual design will also help you to develop your critical, analytical, and verbal skills.


Drama 303: The Structure of Dramatic Narrative (Professor Andrew Tsao)

MW 9:40 – 11:50 in HUT 154 and F 12:00 – 2:20 in OUGL 136

This course will explore the various forms the narrative impulse has taken particularly in western civilization in order to enable you to better employ these forms as practitioners in order to convey meaning.  Since all stories are signs of something else or metaphorical in nature, the uses of storytelling can suggest or imply themes, ideas, concepts, morality, ethics, behavior, devotion and persuasion.


PHIL 307:  Justice Across Disciplinary Boundaries (Professor William Talbott)

MW 1:10 – 3:20 in SAV 264 and F 12:00 – 2:20 in OUGL 136

The course will integrate work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, economics, and relevant research in the natural and biological sciences with work in philosophy, political theory, and communication to explore how these various disciplines contribute to our understanding of justice.

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