|DHC 140: HUMANISTIC UNDERSTANDING 1|
Cancer Survivorship: An Exploration of Healing and Empowerment
This course conceptualizes cancer through a resiliency theory framework in which “survivorship” is predicated on an individual’s ability to navigate multiple domains including social, psychological, and economic while making empowering choices for treatment, prevention, and recovery. Taught by a breast cancer survivor, traditional and non-traditional healthcare options are analyzed through first-hand accounts, literature, and research in the areas of medicine, education, and psychology.
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.
The Pull and Drag of Romance
“The Pull and the Drag of Romance” will survey romantic aspirations and delusions expressed in imaginative fiction, poetry, painting, and popular song of Western historical periods extending from the ancient world to the present. Whereas pop romance glorifies pair bonding, Romance informs a range of human concerns, all at the heart of young adulthood’s civilizing task: education, travel, self-fashioning, vocation, and community. As cultural historians, students will take the measure of Romance, a powerfully enduring meme.
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.