A writing-intensive seminar that introduces students to central philosophical ideas and debates. In recent years, we have offered Black Mirror and Philosophy. In this course, students use the Netflix series Black Mirror to investigate philosophical questions such as: Do we have free will? Do some circumstances call for the violation of standard moral principles for the sake of the greater good? What are the appropriate limits of privacy in the digital age? How have new technologies reoriented our personal relationships, and what are the implications for social and political life?
History 105 courses are open to all students. Each section focuses on a specific historical topic and fulfills one of the written communication requirements (F2i) under the Foundations Curriculum as well as the historical forces (F3) requirement. Students may repeat these courses for credit toward the History major and minor if the topic is different; students may count 2 courses at the 100 level toward the major or minor. Possible topics include: "Disease and Epidemics," "British Empire through Film," "History of Human Reproduction," "Terrorism, Torture, and Anti-Colonialism," "The Supr
What is just? What is right? Are human beings equal? In what ways should we be free? To what degree must we obey the state? What are our duties to others? Is “big government” compatible with individual liberty? This course explores these and other fundamental political questions concerning freedom and authority, rights and obligations, peace and war, moral obligation and selfishness, faith and reason. It will also delve into contentious public policy problems (e.g., income inequality, affirmative action, sexual discrimination), each of which poses moral and practical difficulties.
What is the foundation of government in the United States? What are its purposes? How is the constitution of government designed to achieve those purposes? How well does it in fact fulfill those purposes? Major topics and controversies include the nature of politics, individual liberty and constitutionalism, the federal structure of government, elections and political parties, interest groups, representation, Congress, the Presidency, the Judiciary, civil rights and liberties.
An introduction to the process of reading critically and writing perceptively about literary works, through the exploration of specific topics or questions. Topics for individual sections will vary, and topics for each upcoming semester can be found through BannerWeb or the English Department Homepage. Counts toward the English major. May not be repeated for credit. First-year and sophomore students only.
The pirates who plundered the ships of the Spanish Main and cruised the coasts of Africa and the Americas both served and troubled conventional notions of race, gender, economics, law, and nationality in a period that saw the rise of Empire and the Atlantic slave trade, the American Revolution, and the wars of the early nineteenth century. The usually criminal and always liminal status of those who decided to “go upon the account” has attracted the attention of numerous authors and filmmakers who have cast them as brave iconoclasts, romantic heroes, and heartless villains.
This course will focus on the development of critical thinking and writing skills through the study of the American culture and its effect
on the music, composers, and entertainers of the twentieth century. The student will consider the influence of the culture on Twentiethcentury
American music by reading about, listening to, and discussing classical and popular American music. The music of the Memphis
Region will be a focus and will require group excursions to musically important sites in the city of Memphis. Students will be expected
In keeping with the pedagogy of the ancient schools of rhetoric, this course will provide an analytic and comprehensive review of the
structures of the language. Students will work toward fluency in reading, composition, and conversation.
Reading of representative works by major Russian writers of the nineteenth century (including Pushkin, Pavlova, Gogol, Goncharov,
Soboleva, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky). The literary works include Eugene Onegin, supernatural tales by Gogol, Oblomov, The
Cossacks, Notes from Underground, and Fathers and Children. These works will be studied for their individual merit, what they
illuminate about nineteenth-century Russian society, and their contribution to the rise of the Russian novel. All works are read in
This course focuses on the rich storytelling traditions of medieval Iceland. The endlessly diverse sagas and eddas introduce readers not only to feats of dragon-slaying heroes, disputes among Old Norse gods, fantastical tales of giants and Valkyries, and legendary explorations as far as North America but also to the more everyday aspects of medieval life—foodways, material culture, healing practices, gender roles, laws and customs, and settlement patterns across Iceland’s dangerous and beautiful landscape.