Remember That This Is Only An Example For What To Expect


LIBS 101 - THE HUMAN ENIGMA
 Francisco Vazquez, Ph.D.					Fall 1995
 Hutchins School of Liberal Studies		         Carson 59 (664-3185)
 Sonoma State University 			 		Hours:  M, T 3:30-4:30
                                                                                      and by app.

We know what we do. We know why we do what we do. But we don't know what our doing does. --Michel Foucault

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an exploration of the human enigma of which each one of us is an example. Consequently, this course consists of constant reflection on, and analysis of the social practices of our ancestors (what have they done, what have they said) as well as the social practices in which we are currently engaged. This journey will take us through diverse disciplines and cultures. While the cadre has established a particular path, there are at least as many ways to get there as there are students in the seminar.

CLASS FORMAT AND INTELLECTUAL LABOR

1. Attendance to all seminars is required. Notify me in advance if you must miss a session (acceptable only due to verified illness or family emergency). Six missed sessions lead to No Credit and dismissal from the Department.

2. For each seminar bring three essay questions that you would ask from the day's reading(s) or description of the image(s) that are provoked by the readings.

3. Each Friday turn in a 1-2-page, double-space printed/typed paper in which you identify the kind of argument that is being presented and/or the kind of image that is being created in your mind by that week's assigned readings. (You will find Weston's chaps. II-V helpful for this.) Conclude your paper by briefly stating what these arguments or images do to you.

4. Six Essays as assigned below. If you would like to do a short video instead of one or more of these essays, check with the instructor. Though the essays are somewhat defined, try to build them on your questions, papers and on the learning experiences you have had (readings, conversations, seminars, symposia, films, etc.). That is, I will be looking for your ability to try to find correlations, similarities, and differences among the diverse sources you encounter in this course.

5. Two Independent Studies: Social Services and Teaching About Ways of Seeing the Human Enigma.

6. A Portfolio (a three ring binder or a pocket portfolio) will have the following notes section: Reading Notes, Seminar Notes, Symposia, Field Trips, Related Sources, Drafts, Final papers. You will turn it in for midterm and final evaluations.

7.Writing Tutorials. On WF 11-12pm the class will divide into two groups of 6 students. Group A will meet on Wednesdays in CH 59, while Group B meets in a place of its choice. On Wednesdays Group B meets in CH 59 and Group A meets in a place of its choice. STUDENTS WILL DISTRIBUTE COPIES OF THEIR DRAFTS TO THEIR GROUP, PRIOR TO THE TUTORIAL SESSIONS. EACH DRAFT NEEDS TO BE NUMBERED AND DATED. After the appropriate revisions, the final draft is turned in to the instructor.



EVALUATION

LIBS 101 is graded Credit (CR), No Credit (NC), CR/Probation or CR/Terminal Pass (Pass but must transfer to regular General Education courses). Two CR/Probations = Terminal Pass.



REQUIRED TEXTS

Available from instructors: LIBS 101 READER, Malville, The Fermenting Universe Available from Copperfield's Bookstore in Rohnert Park: (540 Raley Towne Centre, 584-4240 ask for Beth )

Aeschylus, The Oresteia
Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem
Berger, Ways of Seeing
Briggs, Never in Anger
Camus, The Stranger
Descartes, Discourse on Method
Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Genet,The Balcony
Homer, Odyssey (Fitzgerald trans.)
Plato, The Last Days of Socrates
Sacher-Masoch,Venus in Furs
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Stanisewski, Seeing is Believing
Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments
Wright, Native Son



SCHEDULE OF READING ASSIGNMENTS FOR SEMINAR DISCUSSION AND SYMPOSIA

(Make sure to also check Schedule of Writing Assignments Below, oh, and sorry about the alignment, html was a little twisted)
Wk    Date     Day          
I	8/23	   W    Introduction to the Seminar Process
	8/25	   F     Camus,  The Stranger.  Handout:  "No Longer the
 		   		          Stranger;" "Blasted Allegories"

II	8/28	  M     Descartes, Discourse on Method; 
	                  A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. viii-11; 89-95
	                  Symposium:  Filmaker: Ken Raven: "Color Adjustment" or
 					   Paradigms
	8/30	  W     Briggs,  Never in Anger, 1-175 and Appendix
	                  A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. 12-22
	9/l	  F	Briggs,  Never in Anger, 175-307
			A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. 23-36.


III	9/4	  M 	Holiday
	9/6	  W	Berger, Ways of , 7-34; Reader:#3 The Illiterate Eye,
			19 Allegory of the Cave
			A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. 37-45

	9/8	  F	Berger, 83-155; Introduce Social Services Presentation
			and Fair
			Tentative: 11-12 computer lab
			A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. 46-59

IV	9/11	  M	Reader: # 4, 5, 6: Ecos A Photograph, Alone with MTV,
			Beavis/Butt-head
				Paper #1 due: Dialogue between Camus and
						    Descartes
			Symposium	Mutombo Mpanya: Images and Racism
	9/13	  W	Homer,  The Odyssey,  Books I-8; Assign "Ways of
			Seeing" Project
	9/15	  F	Homer continued.  Books 9-16; tentative: 11-12
			computer lab

V	9/18	  M	Homer completed.  Books 17-24; Reader nos. 1 Reading
			Film (part 1); 2 Barthes
			A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. 60-65
			Symposium	Reading Film:  Fahrenheit 451 or Filmaker
					                       Trinsh Min-ha
	9/20	  W	Reader: #7, Video Nights...
	9/22	  F	Aeschylus,  "Agamemnon" and "Libation Bearers" in the
			Oresteia

VI	9/25	  M	Aeschylus,  "The Eumenides;"  Reader # 8 Ethnos to
			Polis
			A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. 66-71
			Symposium	Field trip to Santa Rosa County Court
			(Business dress: no shorts or halter tops)
	9/27	  W	Reader: #9 "Traffic in Women"
	9/29	  F	Reader: # 9 (cont); 10 "Trifles"

VII	10/2	  M	Reader: # 12 "Sisters Under the Skin," and 15 "Women
			Morally Superior?"
			Paper # 2 due: The Realities of Image Construction.
			Symposium	Access Game
	10/4	  W	Berger, 45-81
	10/6	  F	Reader: # 16, "The Ethics of Care"

VII	10/9	  M	Reader: # 17, "Aztec Thought and Culture"
			A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. 72-79
			Symposium	San Francisco Mission District Murals
	10/11  W	Ferris, Coming of Age, 413-427; chps. 1-5
	10/13  F	Ferris, chps. 6-9

IX	10/16  M	Reader # 18  "Real Patriots Ask Questions"
			Malville,  The Fermenting Universe, chps. 1-6
			A Rulebook for Arguments, pp. 80-88
			Symposium	Science Lab:  Game Theory
	10/18  W	Malville,  The Fermenting Universe, chps. 7-12
	10/20  F	Sophocles,  Oedipus Rex

X	10/23  M	Sophocles,  Antigone
			Symposium	Reading Film:  Blade Runner; Reader # 1
			Reading Film (part 2)
	10/25  W	Reader #20, "The Sheriffs Ex-Con" and "Beyond Blade
			Runner"
	10/27  F	Plato,  "The Apology" and "The Crito" in The Death of
			Socrates

XI	10/30  M	Goldsmith, The Biological Roots... chps. 1-3
			Paper # 3 due: Shifts in scientific world view and
			changes in societys notion of "reality."
			Symposium	Science Lab
	11/l	   W	Goldsmith, chps. 4-7
	11/3	   F	Goldsmith, chps. 8-10

XII	11/6	   M	Wright,  Native Son  (first half)
			Symposium  Film:  Twelve Angry Men
	11/8	   W	Wright (second half)
	11/10   F	Arendt,  Eichmann in Jerusalem,  Note to the Reader,
			chps. I, II, III, VI, VII

XIII	11/13  M	Arendt, chps. X, XI, XIV, XV, Epilogue, Postscript
			Symposium:  	1-2:30: Seminars on Reader:  Cortes
			"Backing into the Future" "Racism 101" 	
			2:30- 3:30: Discussion by Francisco Vázquez
	11/15  W	Reader: "Multi-Cultural Riots," "Beyond Images,"
			"Hispanic Portfolio and Addendum "
        11/17  F	Reader # 14: Foucault, "Subject and Power"

XIV	11/20  M	Presentations of Social Service Independent Project
			Paper # 4 due: Interview Essay
			Symposium	Social Services Fair

         11/22  and 11/24  Holiday

XV	11/27  M 	Stanisewski, Seeing is Believing, chps. 1-5
			Symposium	Jeannine Thompson  "Installation and
			Performance.  Art in Unexpected Shapes and Places"
	11/29  W	Stanisewski, Seeing is Believing, chps. 6-10
	12/l	   F	Field trip to the S. F. Museum of Modern Art

XVI	12/4	   M	Project Presentation:  Ways of Seeing
			Paper # 5 due: Ways of Explaining the Human Enigma
			Symposium	Project Presentation continued
	12/6	   W	Genet,  The Balcony
	12/8	    F	Reader:  Sacher-Masoch,  Venus in Furs 
	12/11  	Paper # 6 due: Reflections on Portfolio


SCHEDULE OF WRITING ASSIGNMENTS Wk/Mo/Day Revision Due I 8/23 W Introductions; Group Assignments 8/25 F Discussion of writing, discourse and power II 8/30 W Group A (1,2,3) Dialogue Draft 9/6 9/l F Group B (1,2,3) " 9/8 III 9/6 W Group A (4,5,6) " 9/13 9/8 F Group B (4,5,6) " 9/15 IV 9/11 M Paper #1 due: Dialogue between Camus and Descartes 9/13 W Group A (1, 2, 3) 9/20 9/15 F Group B (1, 2, 3) 9/22 V 9/20 W Group A (4,5,6) 9/27 9/22 F Group B (4,5,6) 9/29 VI 9/27 W Group A (1, 2, 3) 10/4 9/29 F Group B (1, 2, 3) 10/6 VII 10/2 Paper # 2 due: The Realities of Image Construction 10/4 W Group A (4,5,6) 10/11 10/6 F Group B (4,5,6) 10/13 VII 10/11 W Group A (1, 2, 3) 10/18 10/13 F Group B (1, 2, 3) 10/20 IX 10/18 W Group A (4,5,6) 10/25 10/20 F Group B (4,5,6) 10/27 X 10/25 W Group A (1, 2, 3) 11/l 10/27 F Group B (1, 2, 3) 11/3 XI 10/30 M Paper # 3 due: Shifts in scientific world view and changes in societys notion of "reality." 11/l W Group A (4,5,6) 11/8 11/3 F Group B (4,5,6) 11/10 XII 11/8 W Group A (1, 2, 3) 11/15 11/10 F Group B (1, 2, 3) 11/17 XIII 11/15 W Group A (4,5,6) 11/20 11/17 F Group B (4,5,6) 11/20 11/20 M Paper # 4 due: Interview Essay XV 11/29 W Group A (1, 2, 3) 12/4 12/l F Group B (1, 2, 3) 12/4 12/4 Paper # 5 due: Ways of Explaining the Human Enigma XVI 12/6 W Group A (4,5,6) 12/11 12/8 F Group B (4,5,6) 12/11 12/11 Paper # 6 due: Reflections on Portfolio



HUTCHINS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL STUDIES 		
Sonoma State University

                      STUDENT EVALUATION
Student:  										Instructor: F.H. Vazquez
Semester: Fall 1995 	 				Grade:
Course: LIBS 101 THE HUMAN ENIGMA       

Evaluation scale: 10 Excellent; 8-9 Good; 6-7 Satisfactory; 4-5 Needs Improvement;
 0-3 Inadequate.

I.	Seminar Participation					           |Mid|Final

	A.	Skills

		1.	Ability to raise questions				
		2. 	Clarity of expression					
		3.	Cogency of remarks							
		4.	Listening skills; ability to			 
			build on remarks of others					
		5.	Ability to synthesize information			
		6.	Critical and Analytical Skills				
		7.	Independent/creative thinking				

	B.	Facilitation of Seminar Process
		1.	Quality of preparation for seminar			
		2.	Respect for other points of view			
		3.	Interaction with others which 
			fosters learning								
		4.	Appropriate level of participation		
		5.	Relevance of Contributions					
		6.	Consistency of effort						
		7.	Attendance and punctuality				

II.	Writing Skills

	A.	Content
		1.	Quality of ideas and concepts				
		2.	Depth of analysis and development			
		3.	Focus										
	B.	Structure											
	C.	Style											
	D.	Mechanics											

III.	General

        A.	Understanding of course content         		           
		 B.	Time management  							

IV.	Independent Project-Social Service             
	Independent Project-Ways of Seeing           
Instructor's Comments: