2013-2014 DHC COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change)
|DHC 140: HUMANISTIC UNDERSTANDING 1|
Did Jesus Laugh?
In this course we will study the role of humor and the comic fool in both Eastern and Western religion. Through the varied disciplines of philosophy, religious studies, sociology, art, and media we will examine the tension between humor and reverence and the ways in which levity, especially as embodied in the often subversive image of comic fool, has served as a vehicle for religious institutional critique and even personal transformation.
Early Folklore in America
In this course, students survey early American folklore, including African American folklore, Native American Folklore, and American West folklore. Through the lenses of song, narrative, oral storytelling and film, students will examine the impact folklore has had on societal values and cultural cohesion, and how this form of storytelling can subvert conventional institutional structures.
Trauma: Memory, History, and Identity
This course studies the significance of trauma in human experience in multiple contexts: in individual consciousness, in familial dynamics, and in national and global histories. Using the disciplinary angles of literature, history, philosophy, and psychology, we will examine the traumatic disruption of memory and identity, and the attempts to recuperate meaning, coherence, and purpose in response to that experience.
What is Happiness?
This class prepared students to critically evaluate their role in creating and experiencing their own happiness and the happiness of others. Students will explore the history of happiness with a review of philosophical perspectives. Students will use this foundation to investigate what makes individuals happy, including variables such as money, relationships, religion, and technology. Students will then survey the science of happiness and how the scientific community aims to define happiness.