Courses of Study
IS138f New World Disorder: America between the Wars, 1919-1939 The crises of 2020 - global pandemic, widespread economic inequality, state-sponsored racist violence, the backlash against immigrants - also faced Americans one hundred years ago. The United States emerged from World War I as the world's richest and most powerful nation, but Americans found this no guarantee of individual happiness, social peace, economic security, or political stability. This integrated study looks through the lenses of history, literature, and cinema at Americans' soaring hopes and profound discontents during the late teens, the "roaring twenties," and the Depression decade that followed. How did people seek to better their lives and their society, and find meaning in an age when nothing seemed assured? See Cinema Studies 138, English 138, and History 138 course descriptions. Satisfies the First-Year Writing (W1), Fine Arts (A), Historical Studies (H), and Literature (L) requirements. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Cinema Studies 138, English 138, and History 138. Twelve credit hours. Stubbs, Weisbrot, Wurtzler
[IS140] Understanding Law The "rule of law" has often been contrasted with the "rule of men;" the basic idea is that it is better to be governed by impartial principles, fairly applied, than to be subject to the arbitrary decisions of some individual ruler — whoever that may be. But what is law? Different societies have adopted a variety of different legal systems with distinctive institutions and divergent principles. Are Islamic law and U.S. law fundamentally incompatible, or do they share important commonalities? We will explore these two quite different systems of law while also looking at philosophical reflections and literary narratives. See Government 140A and 140B, and History 140 for course descriptions. Satisfies the First-Year Writing (W1), Historical Studies (H), Literature (L), and Social Sciences (S) requirements. Twelve credit hours.
[IS145] Infinity, Mysticism, and Paradox How can our finite minds comprehend the mathematically infinite? Can reason penetrate the deepest mysteries of being? Is there any escape from the logical paradoxes that inevitably result when reason turns inward and focuses on itself? Trying to think beyond the limits of rational thought may be both fascinating and frustrating, profound and perplexing, but there are also great insights and much delight to be gained from the strategies and techniques that great minds have developed for exploring uncharted territories. See Mathematics 145, Philosophy 145, and Religious Studies 145 for course descriptions. Satisfies the Literature (L), Quantitative Reasoning (Q), and Social Science (S) requirements. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MA145, PL145, and RE145. Twelve credit hours.
[IS147] Body, Mind, Human Kind What does your body know? How does your body know? Where does our human experience truly dwell—in the body, the mind, or some combination? This integrated study explores the overlap of the realms of the mental and of the physical in and through the practice of yoga. It aims to help you gain the skills and self-awareness needed to manage the transition to college, its mental and physical challenges, and to help you make your health and well-being a priority. See Biology 147, Theater and Dance 147A and 147B for course descriptions. Satisfies the First-Year Writing (W1), Arts (A), and Natural Science with Lab (N,Lb) requirements. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BI147, TD147A, and TD147B. Ten credit hours.
IS149f Utopia and Dystopia Since classical antiquity, writers and philosophers have dreamed of perfect societies to which we, today, give the general name "utopias" after the title of Thomas More's celebrated book about one such perfect society. In the modern world, economic growth and the expansion of human knowledge have contributed to the sense that we should be able to succeed in creating a perfect society. Too often, the attempts to build a perfect world have produced brutality and tyranny. In the contemporary period, dreams of utopia seem to have given way to dystopian visions of oppressive futures. What might that say about us? This cluster will explore the theory and practice of "utopia" through the lenses of political science, literature, and history. See Government 149A, 149B, and History 149 for course descriptions. Satisfies the History (H), Literature (L), Social Science (S), and W1 requirements. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Government 149A, 149B, and History 149. Twelve credit hours. Babik, Meredith, Reisert
[IS224] Global Maine While Maine remains the whitest state in the union, demographic trends are rapidly changing many regions. Refugees, asylum seekers, medical and high-technology workers, undocumented farmworkers, and guest workers in the hospitality industry are transforming urban and rural areas alike. This two-course cluster introduces the diversity of immigrant experiences in Maine through ethnographic readings as well as collaborative documentary work with immigrant and immigrant-support organizations. It provides training in documentary techniques and the opportunity to create films with immigrant and immigrant-support community partners in Lewiston and Portland. See Anthropology 224 and Global Studies 224 for course descriptions. Satisfies Social Sciences (S) and U.S. Diversity (U) requirements. Eight credit hours.